Love in the Time of Cholera

Why is Haiti so fucked? A wave a cholera, which we haven’t really heard about since Garcia Marquez, hit Haiti three weeks ago and shows little resistance to efforts made to halt its spread:

Cholera, which is spread mostly by water contaminated with bacteria-carrying feces, can be easily prevented with proper handwashing, water purification, and proper sanitation.

Schindall says the key task to combating this latest epidemic is to inform people of the basics of this illness.

Basically, cholera can be prevented by practicing normal hygienic habits.  It’s not that Haitians don’t have soap, they just don’t have instructions for the soap.


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