Haiti cholera similar to Pak strain, says UN

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    The cholera strain that has claimed more than 4,500 lives in Haiti closely resembles strains currently circulating in Pakistan, a UN report has found.

    The investigation followed accusations that UN peacekeepers from Pakistan had introduced the disease into Haiti, prompting violent anti-UN riots.

    The accusations had been denied by UN and Pak officials.

    The UN said the report did "not present any conclusive scientific evidence" of a link to the peacekeepers.

    The panel said a "confluence of circumstances" were involved in the outbreak.

    The epidemic, which started 10 months after Haiti's devastating earthquake in January 2010, has sickened almost 300,000 people, the report says.

    Antibiotics call

    UN investigators say the epidemic was caused by bacteria introduced to Haiti as a result of "human activity", pointing specifically to the contamination of the Meye tributary system, near the Mirebalais camp housing Pakistani peacekeepers.

    The UN had previously described reports that human faecal waste from the camp had caused the outbreak by leaking into river systems as "rumours", saying sanitary conditions for Pakistani peace keepers were adequate.

    The panel now finds that sanitary conditions at the base, "were not sufficient to prevent contamination" of the river system.

    However, Michel Bonnardeaux, a spokesman for the UN peacekeeping department, told Reuters news agency the report "does not present any conclusive scientific evidence linking the outbreak to the Minustah peacekeepers or the Mirebalais camp".

    He added: "Anyone carrying the relevant strain of the disease in the area could have introduced the bacteria into the river."

    The panel experts called for UN peacekeepers travelling from cholera-endemic countries to be screened for the disease and to receive prophylactic antibiotics before their departure.

    The investigators also recommended UN installations worldwide treat faecal waste using on-site systems to "inactivate pathogens before disposal".

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    All roads for terrorist and disease lead to pakistan.why don't the world sanitized and disinfected country like pakistan with nukes..:agni::agni::brahmos:
     
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    Pakistan situation is similar to that of Haiti too!!

    Pakistan and Haiti apparently have much in common.
     

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