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Deadly River: Cholera and Cover-Up in Post-Earthquake Haiti

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In October 2010, nine months after the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti, a second disaster began to unfold soon to become the world's largest cholera epidemic in modern times. In a country that had never before reported cholera, the epidemic mysteriously and simultaneously appeared in river communities of central Haiti, eventually triggering nearly 800,000 cases an ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 11th 2016 by ILR Press (first published May 3rd 2016)
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Nine months after the catastrophic January 2010 earthquake that took over 220,000 lives, UN 'peacekeeping' troops from Nepal brought cholera to Haiti and unleashed an epidemic that continues to this day. It is estimated that 7% of Haitians now carry the bacteria; over 8000 have died. Yet, the UN denies culpability (although Ban Ki Moon has indicated that he understands the origin of the disease) and continues to fight "the most organized challenge to UN immunity yet" ( New York Times ).

Clare O'Beara
I had been hoping to go to Haiti as an aid volunteer in the wake of the 7.0 earthquake in January 2010. An outbreak of cholera stopped aid workers from travelling. Consequently I was interested in this account of how the cholera reached an island which had never had a single reported case and the tragedy that unfolded.

Renaud Piarroux had studied diseases and worked in many countries. The Haitian government asked him to provide expertise as he had actually managed to eliminate cholera from an Af
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Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An eye-opening look at the lengths nationally recognized organizations will go to to prevent the public from discovering the source of a cholera outbreak in order to keep political ties between Haiti's government and the UN. Not so easy to keep said tie when the UN's MINUSTAH workers were the ones who brought cholera to Haiti... years of misdirection of aid efforts kept the epidemic in Haiti (it's still there). A cautionary tale in what happens when the search for the source of an outbreak is ig ...more
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very informative without going over the average reader's head. The author and subject's compassion for the local people, and passion for science really shown through. The only real negative was that it seemed a bit repetitive at times.

I received a copy of Deadly River from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.
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A must read for anyone interested in how politics can effect health care
Reads like a mystery
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