Haiti health workers to give cholera vaccine

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Associated Press

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 13 at 9:31 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A manager for the Boston-based Partners in Health says the humanitarian group will launch a vaccination campaign for cholera in Haiti this weekend.

Jonathan Lascher said Friday that health workers from the organization will distribute the Shanchol oral vaccine to about 50,000 people outside Saint Marc, a port city in western Haiti.

The vaccination program is also being carried out by Gheskio Center, a Haitian group funded by the U.S. International Agency for International Development.

Critics say the $1.3 million being used for the project would be better spent on developing Haiti's infrastructure.

Haitian officials say cholera has killed more than 7,000 people and sickened 530,000 since it emerged after the 2010 earthquake. Scientific studies have blamed United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal for inadvertently bringing the disease.

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