Cholera in Haiti
The news of the cholera outbreak is not a surprise to me, considering the sanitation problems. At this writing, over 3,000 people are reported to be sick from Cholera and over 200 have died.
The treatment for Cholera is rapid re-hydration through inexpensive IV solution powders that are mixed with water. With treatment, the number of deaths can be reduced to 1%. Chronic dehydration is common in Haiti to begin with and the rapid fluid loss from Cholera strikes children and older people dramatically if they can't get immediate help.
Cholera is a huge threat of spreading throughout Haiti because the disease has not been seen there for decades, meaning its potential victims have no immunity against the germ. The last major outbreak of Cholera in the Western Hemisphere was in Peru in the early 1990s.