Haiti cholera epidemic will affect hundreds of thousands, says UN official

The cholera epidemic in Haiti is spreading faster than predicted and is likely to affect hundreds of thousands of people, according to a senior United Nations official.

Since it broke out in mid-October, the waterborne disease has killed at least 1,344 people as it spread through crowded housing and the camps and makeshift shelters in which almost a million people are still living after the earthquake in January.

Nigel Fisher, the UN humanitarian co-ordinator in Haiti, said the epidemic had now spread to all 10 of the country's provinces and could last up to a year. He said the real death toll could be closer to 2,000, because there was little reliable data from remote areas.

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