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October 27, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, For the Los Angeles Times
Cholera's recent resurgence in Haiti remains something of a mystery to health experts. The island nation had been free of the disease since at least 1960 -- until the outbreak Friday. Now cholera has claimed almost 300 lives, and the World Health Organization said Wednesday the outbreak likely hasn’t yet peaked. The disease can be horrific, as the National Geographic Channel explains. Cholera ravaged Britain with four epidemics in the mid-19th century, one killing 30,000 people in London alone.
April 20, 2014
Re "Literary master of magical realism," Obituary, April 18 A dogeared paperback edition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "Love in the Time of Cholera" has traveled with me on countless adventure trips and rests within easy reach of my watercolors. I have traveled the world and drifted into my best creativity accompanied by the inestimable Marquez. When things get the better of me, or I feel the need of an interesting companion, I simply open "Cholera" or "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and slip into worlds only Marquez could imagine and only he could explain.
May 23, 1989 | From Associated Press
Doctors in the Angolan capital of Luanda are reporting more than 100 new cases of cholera daily in an epidemic that has claimed dozens of lives, the newspaper Diario de Noticias reported Monday.
August 26, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Gabriel García Márquez's “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” first published in 1967, is a novel set in a bygone era of Colombian history without much technology to speak of. Now the book itself is finally starting to enter the digital age. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is not yet available as an e-book. But now you can travel to the fictional Macondo in an audio book, from Blackstone Audio. The Ashland, Ore.-based company has acquired the unabridged audio rights to four works by García Márquez: “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” English translation by Gregory Rabassa; “Love in the Time of Cholera,” translated by Edith Grossman; “No One Writes to the Colonel,” translated by J. S. Bernstein; and “Memories of My Melancholy Whores,” also translated by Edith Grossman.
August 20, 1987 | Associated Press
An outbreak of cholera has killed at least 19 people on the island of Sumatra during the last month, a Health Ministry official said Wednesday.
August 1, 1992 | Reuters
Cholera has caused its first death in the French overseas territory of French Guiana, bordering Brazil, health officials said Friday. Twenty cases of the disease have been reported in the territory since December.
February 15, 1987 | From Reuters
At least 36 people died in a continuing cholera outbreak in and around the Ugandan capital in the first two months of the year, health authorities reported late last week. They added that a special cholera unit has been set up at Kampala's Mulago Hospital.
March 7, 1992 | Reuters
Health Ministry said Friday that cholera is becoming epidemic in Brazil after statistics were published showing that the disease is killing more than one Brazilian every two days. The ministry said that 33 cholera deaths were reported in the last 64 days, more than in the previous eight months.
February 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 680 people have died in a suspected cholera outbreak in Ethiopia that has also affected neighboring countries, officials said. About 60,000 people have been infected, but the country's Health Ministry is resisting pressure to declare an emergency despite a U.N. warning that an epidemic exists. United Nations officials speaking privately have said the outbreak is cholera, but local officials continue to deny it.
December 12, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
President Robert Mugabe declared that there was "no cholera," even as the United Nations raised the death toll from the epidemic to 783. Cholera has spread rapidly in the southern African nation because of the country's crumbling healthcare system and the lack of clean water. At a state funeral for a ruling party official, Mugabe insisted the outbreak of the waterborne disease had been "arrested" with the help of the World Health Organization and other aid agencies.
July 3, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
The United Nations sent Nepalese peacekeeping troops to bring relief to Haiti after it was devastated by a 7.0 earthquake in 2010. A new study concludes the peacekeepers brought something else, as well -- cholera, triggering an epidemic that has sickened hundreds of thousands of Haitians and killed more than 8,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After sequencing the DNA of 23 samples of the cholera-causing bacterium from Haiti and comparing them to the DNA of strains found elsewhere, researchers said the outbreak could be traced to Nepal , where the disease is endemic.
June 18, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
U.S. researchers have linked a second strain of cholera to the epidemic that decimated the Haitian population in 2010-11. Previous studies have suggested that the epidemic was caused by bacteria inadvertently introduced by Nepalese soldiers who came to assist in recovery from a massive earthquake. The new strain appears to be local in origin, but its role in the epidemic is not clear because this strain does not normally produce epidemics. Haiti suffered a devastating magnitude 7 earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, followed by about 52 aftershocks with a magnitude of 4.5 or higher.
July 24, 2011 | By Allyn Gaestel, Los Angeles Times
Instead of the commuters typically packed into the bright blue and red "tap tap" pickup truck weaving through Haiti's capital, a man, shrunken, dehydrated, dressed in a diaper and attached to an IV, lay on the floor. As the ad-hoc ambulance in Port-au-Prince attested, cholera refuses to leave the country. The bacterial disease that ravaged Haiti last fall had spread quickly to all regions, but calmed down in the dry spring months. With the rainy season now in progress, clinics across the country are again bustling with seriously ill patients.
December 13, 2010 | By Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times
The wood-frame Carousel grammar school survived the earthquake that destroyed much of this city in January. Beatrice Moise had taught there for five years and hoped she would continue when schools reopened in spring. But in February she found out that the director had rented the building out to the international relief group Oxfam. Buildings in the upscale suburb of Petionville, where foreigners like to live and work, were in high demand, and Oxfam paid $10,000 a month. The students, mostly from wealthy families, would probably have little problem finding other schools.
December 10, 2010 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
ATLANTA -- A particularly virulent strain of cholera in Haiti has the potential to become a problem in Latin America, scientists said in a study in the New England Journal of Medicine published Thursday. The cholera strain identified in Haiti, a hybrid, has been previously detected in South Asia and is so strong it displaced an older strain in that region, the report said. The strain now in Haiti causes more severe dehydrating disease, increases production of infectious stools and has increased antibiotic resistance, according to the report.
November 27, 2010 | By Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times
In the final hours of a chaotic presidential campaign in a country that needs no more drama this year, candidate Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly sent out a "breaking news" announcement: He had survived an assassination attempt by a member of the nation's leading party. His campaign called a news conference in the capital Saturday, and Martelly's cousin ? the manager of a hotel immortalized by Graham Greene as a place where you expect to be greeted by "a maniac butler, with a bat dangling from the chandelier" ?
May 8, 1989 | From Associated Press
A cholera epidemic in central Tanzania has killed 23 people in the last 90 days, the official news agency said Sunday. Another 35 people have been hospitalized in the epidemic, which began around the district capital, Singida, 350 miles west of the Indian Ocean port of Dar es Salaam, the Shihata news agency said.
May 21, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Health officials in northeastern Cambodia made an urgent appeal for medicine to fight a cholera outbreak that has killed 61 people. Antibiotics and intravenous serum have been flown into Ratanakiri province from the capital, Phnom Penh, but provincial health advisor Dr. Gerry Pais said the supplies fall far short of the need. Nongovernmental organizations have been unable to provide enough assistance to meet the shortfall, he said.
November 17, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
Cholera poses big risks in places with poor sanitation and little access to clean water. That’s why Florida health officials say there's little cause for alarm over the first cholera case reported in their state since the deadly outbreak in Haiti. A South Florida Sun Sentinel story says the state confirmed Wednesday that a woman returning from a visit to Haiti had been hospitalized with cholera. "We don't anticipate we will see any transmission as a result of exposure in Haiti in Florida or anywhere else in the U.S. … because our water and sanitation system minimizes the risk," Dr. Thomas Torok, a disease investigator with the state's health department, said in the story.
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