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Posted Sun Nov 28 2010: from Miami Herald:
Living fear the dead in cholera-scarred Haiti
...Frightened by a disease never before known in this nation, Haitians are running scared. Residents are stoning the dead and their handlers, local mayors are refusing their burial, and families are abandoning bodies on the streets...."It's a very alarming situation for Haitians," said Emilie Clotaire, an administrator at the Adventist Hospital in Carrefour. Earlier this week, the hospital had its first cholera-related death, and after frustrating attempts to get someone from the Ministry of Health to fetch the 31-year-old's body, it ended up hiring someone to do the job, executive director Yolande Simeon said. "They were stoned when they arrived at the cemetery," she said. The dead man's "family and friends abandoned him." The disease carries a stigma. "Everyone is afraid of cholera," Clotaire said...these teams will come face-to-face with an epidemic that has Haitians and the world counting: 1,186 dead from cholera, 19,646 hospitalized, and at least two confirmed cases outside of Haiti -- one in the neighboring Dominican Republic and the other in South Florida.
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