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Haiti vaccinating nearly 1 million for cholera in storm zone

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By Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti  — Health authorities in Haiti have begun a campaign to vaccinate 800,000 people for cholera in areas hit hardest by Hurricane Matthew.

A little boy is held by his mother and a nurse as he receives treatment for cholera at the small and overwhelmed health clinic in Anse d'Hainault, southwestern Haiti, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. Along with widespread hunger and the loss of crops, livestock and fishing boats and gear, authorities warn that the waterborne disease of cholera appears to be on the rise, making delivery of water purification supplies a high priority as officials consider how to help the region over the longer term. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) Manila Bulletin

A little boy is held by his mother and a nurse as he receives treatment for cholera at the small and overwhelmed health clinic in Anse d’Hainault, southwestern Haiti, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) Manila Bulletin

Ministry of Health nurses are administering the oral medication in the southwestern departments of Sud and Grand’ Anse. There have been around 3,500 suspected cases of the water-borne illness since the hurricane. The vaccine provides about six months of protection.

The Pan American Health Organization said Wednesday that international organizations are also assisting with the distribution of clean water, sanitation and treatment for an illness that has killed 10,000 in Haiti since October 2010.

Hurricane Matthew has created ideal conditions for the spread of cholera by destroying water supplies and forcing people who lost homes to squeeze into overcrowded shelters. The government says the storm killed 546 people

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