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As if there wasn’t already enough to worry about in Haiti with the ongoing turmoil it’s people are still enduring after this year’s devastating earthquake, today there’s news that the recent cholera outbreak is another catastrophe threatening to choke the life out many.

Another 11,000 people have been diagnosed and sickened with the disease while a reported sum of 724 have already died as a result of the cholera outbreak and the lack of adequate medical treatment. Aid agencies are scrambling to get the word out about prevention in addition to setting up rehydration clinics to help those in need.

So what is cholera? It’s an infection of the small intestine that causes a large amount of watery diarrhea. Brought on by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with a water-borne bacterium called Vibrio cholerae, the infection is quickly spreading and the cholera epidemic could last for years to come.

As a crisis stacked on top of another, what can be done on our end? The trash, debris and waste residue left from the earthquake in Haiti still needs to be cleaned and removed with urgency. Missions and special medical centers are doing everything they can to treat those already infected and offer prevention methods for the people of Haiti, but that’s not enough. The United Nations is currently asking for $164 million in response monies in order to bring an end to the health crisis we’re witnessing today.

Read more on the cholera outbreak today at CNN.com to find out details of what you can do to help those in need even from afar.

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