News & AnalysisHaiti's Cholera Outbreak

Cholera Linked to U.N. Forces, But Questions Remain

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Science  13 May 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6031, pp. 776-777
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6031.776

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An eagerly awaited report from an independent panel leaves little doubt that United Nations peacekeeping forces from Nepal inadvertently introduced cholera to Haiti last fall, triggering an epidemic that has killed almost 5000 and whose end is not yet in sight. The four-member committee, which presented its findings to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York City on 3 May, dispatches with the theory that Vibrio cholerae had been lurking in local waters and emerged as a result of favorable ecological or environmental circumstances.