Death Toll for Haiti's Cholera Outbreak Passes 900

Fears are confirmed as cholera sweeps through the country's capital.

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Haitian cholera victims await aid.

Lauren Frayer of AOL is reporting that more than 900 people have now died in Haiti's cholera outbreak, the government announced, confirming health workers' worst fears as the disease begins to sweep through the country's capital, crammed with earthquake survivors. Haiti's health ministry said Sunday that 917 people have died from cholera countrywide, and 14,642 people have been hospitalized, the BBC reported. That is up from 724 deaths and 11,125 hospitalizations reported a few days before, according to the New York Times. The fear is that those numbers could skyrocket now that the bacterial infection has reached Port-au-Prince, where more than 1 million people live in cramped, squalid camps after losing their homes in last January's quake. The aid agency Save the Children estimates that 40 percent of those who died from cholera were victims who received no treatment -- raising the possibility that the government's official death toll, calculated from deaths at hospitals and clinics, could be much higher. Higher? Can anything be done to get a handle on this disease? Should we be asking what's being done to stop the growing epidemic?

Read more at AOL News.

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