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Death Toll In Haiti Cholera Outbreak Rises To 135 - Update

10/22/2010 4:28 AM ET

The death toll from an outbreak of suspected cholera in the Caribbean island of Haiti has risen to 135 as hundreds of sickened people in central Haiti overwhelmed a crowded hospital seeking treatment.

Health officials in the impoverished country are struggling to contain the disease that left more than 1,500 of others in need of urgent medical attention in the rural central region.

The infected are reportedly suffering from acute fever, vomiting and diarrhea.

The government has not yet confirmed the cause of the deadliest outbreak. The diagnosis is pending laboratory tests for cholera, typhoid and other illnesses, reports say.

Medical authorities of the tiny nation are concerned if the contagious disease will spread to other regions.

The country has not yet recovered from a massive earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people in January.

The January 12 tremor destroyed much of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area, besides leaving more than 1.5 million homeless.

by RTT Staff Writer

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