Is the UN Off the Hook for Haiti’s Cholera Outbreak?By Tom Murphy
The blame game for Haiti’s cholera outbreak took anunexpectedturn with the release of a new study. University of Maryland researchers say that “two distinct populations of V. cholerae coexisted in Haiti early in the epidemic.” The information comes from sampling people with cholera in 8 towns across eight Arrondissements of Haiti shortly after the October 2010 outbreak. A study published last year attributed a single cholera strain to Nepal, meaning that it was likely carried into the country by UN peacekeepers. The initial connection to the UN led to public outrage and even a lawsuit filed on behalf of 5,000 Haitians against the UN
Is the UN Off the Hook for Haiti’s Cholera Outbreak?