UN admits cholera in Haiti was caused by MINUSTAH

…but refuses to actually say it out loud. Instead, it’s “The Independent Panel concludes that the Haiti cholera outbreak was caused by the confluence of circumstances as described above, and was not the fault of, or deliberate action of, a group or individual.”

*sigh*

anyway, this is in relation to one of my previous posts on Haiti, and the way the media and assorted agencies have been treating the claims that the cholera virus was introduced by the UN forces. Now, the UN has concluded its investigation, and I’m willing to bet no one is going to be writing apologies to the Haitian people for smearing them in the press previously.

some quotes from the executive summary of the Final Report of the Independent Panel of Experts on the Cholera Outbreak in Haiti (emphasis mine):

The source of the cholera has been controversial, with hypotheses that the pathogen that causes cholera (Vibrio cholerae) arrived into Haiti from the Gulf of Mexico due to tectonic shifts resulting from the earthquake, evolved into disease-causing strains from non-pathogenic strains naturally present in Haiti, or originated from a human host who inadvertently introduced the strain into the Haitian environment. A specific form of the third hypothesis, that soldiers deployed from a cholera-endemic country to the Mirebalais MINUSTAH camp were the source of the cholera, is a commonly held belief in Haiti.

After establishing that the cases began in the upper reaches of the Artibonite River, potential sources of contamination that could have initiated the outbreak were investigated. MINUSTAH contracts with an outside contractor to handle human fecal waste. The sanitation conditions at the Mirebalais MINUSTAH camp were not sufficient to prevent fecal contamination of the Meye Tributary System of the Artibonite River.

[The independent researcher’s] results uniformly indicate that: 1) the outbreak strains in Haiti are genetically identical, indicating a single source for the Haiti outbreak; and, 2) the bacteria is very similar, but not identical, to the South Asian strains of cholera currently circulating in Asia, confirming that the Haitian cholera bacteria did not originate from the native environs of Haiti.

These research findings indicate that the 2010 Haiti cholera outbreak was caused by bacteria introduced into Haiti as a result of human activity; more specifically by the contamination of the Meye Tributary System of the Artibonite River with a pathogenic strain of the current South Asian type Vibrio cholerae.

Guess the Haitians were right to be pissed at MINUSTAH. This cholera outbreak made 300 000 people ill, killed 4500, and it continues to spread.

Advertisements

5 comments on “UN admits cholera in Haiti was caused by MINUSTAH

  1. David Marjanović says:

    Hooraaaaay. We’ve progressed to the “mistakes have been made” stage. One day… one day…

    the cholera virus

    Bacterium.

    hypotheses that the pathogen that causes cholera (Vibrio cholerae) arrived into Haiti from the Gulf of Mexico due to tectonic shifts resulting from the earthquake,

    This is… just… hilarious. How is that supposed to work? By magic?

    There are marine Vibrio species, for instance the luminescent species V. fischeri, but V. cholerae does not occur in the sea.

    evolved into disease-causing strains from non-pathogenic strains naturally present in Haiti

    Aren’t the symptoms a bit too similar to good old cholera for this? Strikes me as grasping at straws.

    the bacteria is

    *wince*

    Unrelated: check your e-mail again.

  2. Paul says:

    *wince*

    This data is interesting!

    /evillaugh

  3. Jadehawk says:

    right. bacterium. no idea why I said virus :-p

    EDIT: actually, maybe I do. I’m used to thinking bacterium –> antibiotics; virus –> vaccination, and I’ve been talking about and reading about the cholera vaccine (it’s part of this report as well, as a recommendation for UN workers)

  4. David Marjanović says:

    as a recommendation for UN workers

    “recommendation” *headdesk*

    Probably they have to pay for it themselves, too?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s