This is an old issue on ATS but more information is coming in - Dr. Paul Keim is a microbial geneticist whose lab determined that the Haitian and
Nepalese cholera strains were virtually identical. In a sense it doesn't matter where
the cholera came from - diseases travel round our world
with the speed of passenger and cargo airplanes, whatever the source or circumstance. But in this case, the issue is honesty - it DOES matter what
people are told, and whether or not it is the truth. However, the UN continues to deny allegations and insist that "the evidence implicating its
troops is inconclusive." ....Granted, UN activities are politically charged and any criticism can endanger their ability to function and provide
much-needed help - but is all this lying really
necessary? Particular given that truth allows situations to be handled in a much more timely
...cholera has killed more than 7,050 Haitians and sickened more than 531,000, or 5 percent of the population. Lightning fast and virulent, it spread
from here through every Haitian state, erupting into the world’s largest cholera epidemic despite a huge international mobilization still dealing
with the effects of the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake.
The world rallied to confront cholera, too, but the mission was muddled by the United Nations’ apparent role in igniting the epidemic and its
unwillingness to acknowledge it.
Epidemiologic and microbiologic evidence
strongly suggests that UN peacekeeping troops from Nepal imported cholera to Haiti.
“It was like throwing a lighted match into a gasoline-filled room,” said Dr. Paul Keim, a microbial geneticist whose laboratory
determined that the Haitian and Nepalese cholera strains were virtually identical.
...on Oct. 8, 2010, hundreds of Nepalese troops began arriving in Haiti after a cholera outbreak in their homeland, where cholera is endemic.
Cholera affects individuals differently; many infected develop no symptoms or only mild or moderate diarrhea.
...Falling violently ill in October 2010, Pelette was (perhaps) ... the first Haitian to die of cholera, and, though he was not named, he was
presented as the “first case” in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in January.