UN Forces Spread Deadly ‘Superbug’ Strain Of Cholera

UN peacekeeper in Haiti. Photo: Robert Miller (CC)

UN peacekeeper in Haiti. Photo: Robert Miller (CC)

As if Haiti didn’t have enough problems already… From ABC News:

Compelling new scientific evidence suggests United Nations peacekeepers have carried a virulent strain of cholera — a super bug — into the Western Hemisphere for the first time.

The vicious form of cholera has already killed 7,000 people in Haiti, where it surfaced in a remote village in October 2010. Leading researchers from Harvard Medical School and elsewhere told ABC News that, despite UN denials, there is now a mountain of evidence suggesting the strain originated in Nepal, and was carried to Haiti by Nepalese soldiers who came to Haiti to serve as UN peacekeepers after the earthquake that ravaged the country on Jan. 12, 2010 — two years ago today. Haiti had never seen a case of cholera until the arrival of the peacekeepers, who allegedly failed to maintain sanitary conditions at their base.

“What scares me is that the strain from South Asia has been recognized as more virulent, more capable of causing severe disease, and more transmissible,” said John Mekalanos, who chairs the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School. “These strains are nasty. So far there has been no secondary outbreak. But Haiti now represents a foothold for a particularly dangerous variety of this deadly disease.”

More than 500,000 Haitians have been infected, and Mekalanos said a handful of victims who contracted cholera in Haiti have now turned up in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and in Boston, Miami and New York, but only in isolated cases.

How cholera landed in Haiti has been a politically charged topic for more than a year now, with the United Nations repeatedly refusing to acknowledge any role in the outbreak despite mounting evidence that international peacekeepers were the most likely culprits…

[continues at ABC News]

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  • http://twitter.com/KittyDelAmour K. Flower

    Oh, so it was an *accident*. I guess it wouldn’t be “news” if it didn’t have a misleading headline…

  • KittyDelAmour

    Oh, so it was an *accident*. I guess it wouldn’t be “news” if it didn’t have a misleading headline…

    • Jinotegano

      Dumb-ass !!

  • Jinotegano

    Dumb-ass !!

  • Jinotegano

    Dumb-ass !!

  • Jinotegano

    Dumb-ass !!

  • http://www.facebook.com/panavatar Lynae Zebest

    While this cholera was an entirely new strain, the claim that “Haiti had never seen a case of cholera until the arrival of the peacekeepers” is entirely untrue. Haiti has had cholera outbreaks before–the most recent one was 40 years ago.

    It also surprises me that ABC is writing about this now. It’s been known since the first days of the outbreak that the epidemic was caused by UN “peacekeepers” from Nepal. There was a relatively large-scale attack on that particular UN base in mid-November 2010, only weeks after the epidemic began. The UN supressed the knowledge, and attempted to deny it, for quite some time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/panavatar Lynae Zebest

    While this cholera was an entirely new strain, the claim that “Haiti had never seen a case of cholera until the arrival of the peacekeepers” is entirely untrue. Haiti has had cholera outbreaks before–the most recent one was 40 years ago.

    It also surprises me that ABC is writing about this now. It’s been known since the first days of the outbreak that the epidemic was caused by UN “peacekeepers” from Nepal. There was a relatively large-scale attack on that particular UN base in mid-November 2010, only weeks after the epidemic began. The UN supressed the knowledge, and attempted to deny it, for quite some time.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    It’s called The Columbus Technique
    visit some distant lands
    give them blankets and germs
    wait a few years
    go in and collect the loot

  • BuzzCoastin

    It’s called The Columbus Technique
    visit some distant lands
    give them blankets and germs
    wait a few years
    go in and collect the loot

  • Writeous

    Bless Haiti!
    Bless Gaia/Earth!
    Bless ALL!

  • Writeous

    Bless Haiti!
    Bless Gaia/Earth!
    Bless ALL!

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