Report: U.N. Brought Cholera to Haiti

    A woman holds her sick child while he receives treatment for cholera at a Doctors Without Borders, MSF, cholera clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. Dr. Paul Farmer, one of the Caribbean nation's most prominent health experts,  told The Associated Press that cholera has sickened more than 450,000 people in a nation of 10 million, or nearly 5 percent of the population, and killed more than 6,000. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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    A investigation by The New York Times suggests U.N. peacekeeping troops imported cholera to Haiti, setting off an epidemic that has killed more than 7,050 people—and stricken 5 percent of the population—as the Caribbean nation still struggles to rebuild from 2010’s devastating earthquake. According to The Times, “epidemiologic and microbiologic evidence strongly suggests that United Nations peacekeeping troops from Nepal imported cholera to Haiti, contaminated the river tributary next to their base through a faulty sanitation system, and caused a second disaster.” And the U.N. has been unwilling to acknowledge its role.

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