Thursday, May 5, 2011

U.N. Role Is Found in Haiti Cholera

Thursday, May 5, 2011

UNITED NATIONS—Fecal matter from United Nations peacekeepers that was improperly disposed of by a firm contracted by the U.N., along with a poor sanitation system for drinking water, was the cause of the cholera outbreak in Haiti last year that killed more than 4,500 people, a report by a U.N.-appointed panel said on Wednesday.

Another 300,000 people were made ill in an outbreak that is still sickening people and occurred because of a confluence of events, the report by the four-person panel of American, Indian and Bangladeshi experts.

The panel said that the cholera bacteria originated outside Haiti, which suffered ...

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