Friday, December 17, 2010

UN calls for probe into origin of Haiti cholera

The United Nations secretary-general plans to call for an independent commission to study whether UN peacekeepers caused a cholera outbreak that has killed more than 2,400 people in Haiti, an official said Wednesday.
UN officials initially dismissed speculation about the involvement of peacekeepers. The announcement indicates that concern about the epidemic's origin has now reached the highest levels of the global organisation.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti — A relative of a man suffering from cholera symptoms asks for help to place the ill man into this ambulance, before transferring him from a cholera treatment centre at an earthquake displaced camp to a hospital in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, December 14, 2010. The cholera outbreak has killed at least 2,000 people and sickened nearly 100,000 in Haiti since October. (Photo: AP)

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