Last Updated: Thu Oct 28, 2010 18:07 pm (KSA) 15:07 pm (GMT)

Haiti cholera toll tops 250, but seen stabilizing

Hundreds of thousands of people are still living in impoverished tent cities after January earthquake (File)  
Hundreds of thousands of people are still living in impoverished tent cities after January earthquake (File)

A cholera epidemic in Haiti has killed more than 250 people, the government said on Sunday, but it added the outbreak which has sickened more than 3,000 may be stabilizing with fewer deaths and new cases reported over the last 24 hours.

"We have registered a diminishing in numbers of deaths and of hospitalized people in the most critical areas ... The tendency is that it is stabilizing, without being able to say that we have reached a peak," Gabriel Thimote, director-general of Haiti's Health Department, told a news conference.

The accumulated deaths since the cholera outbreak began around a week ago in the earthquake-ravaged Caribbean nation stood at 253, while total cases were 3,015, mostly in central rural regions straddling the Artibonite river.

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