Last Updated: Fri Nov 12, 2010 09:34 am (KSA) 06:34 am (GMT)

Haiti cholera toll soars, more deaths in capital

A boy with symptoms of cholera waits for treatment at the St Catherine hospital in Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
A boy with symptoms of cholera waits for treatment at the St Catherine hospital in Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Haiti's cholera crisis deepened on Thursday as the toll soared again and three more deaths in the teeming capital raised fears the epidemic could be set to explode in unsanitary camps full of earthquake survivors.

The Haitian health ministry said 724 people had now died from the highly contagious water-borne disease and that the number of infections around the country had passed the 11,000 mark.

The outbreak, Haiti's first in more than 50 years, erupted in the Artibonite River valley in mid-October and initially seemed to have been contained to central and northern areas.

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