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Haiti's cholera death toll rises to 1,250
[November 21, 2010]

Haiti's cholera death toll rises to 1,250

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov 21, 2010 (dpa - McClatchy-Tribune News Service via COMTEX) -- An estimated 1,250 people have died from cholera and an additional 21,000 have been sickened by the disease, Haiti's health ministry said Sunday.

Nearly half of the deaths from cholera, which is contracted through contaminated water and causes severe diarrhea and vomiting, were reported in the lower Artibonite region, north of the capital, where the outbreak was first reported on Oct. 19.

An estimated 63 deaths have been reported in Port-au- Prince.

The United Nations anticipates that up to 200,000 people will show symptoms of cholera, ranging from cases of mild diarrhea to severe dehydration.

Tension rose last week because of the epidemic, with demonstrators throwing stones at United Nations soldiers guarding the presidential palace.

Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd in front of the palace, which is surrounded by hundreds of makeshift camps housing the homeless from the Jan. 12 earthquake that destroyed much of the capital, killing an estimated 230,000 people.

Four people were killed in clashes last week in northern Cap Haitien, Haiti's second-largest city.

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