Cholera

Posted: October 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

You most likely are aware that an outbreak of cholera has broken out in Haiti.  While it is difficult to get precise figures, it has been reported that 152 people have died and 2000 people are sick with cholera.  Initially the outbreak was localized in one area but now there have been reports of cases being discovered in other areas, some of which are closer to the capital, Port -au-Prince.

Perhaps you like me knew the word ‘cholera’ but were  not sure what it is.  Here is a brief description:

Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. It has a short incubation period, from less than one day to five days, and produces an enterotoxin that causes a copious, painless, watery diarrhea that can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death if treatment is not promptly given. Vomiting also occurs in most patients.

There appears to be many organizations that are responding to this crisis.  Let’s back them up with prayer and intercession.  Your prayers do matter!

John

 

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