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Haitian cholera strain could dominate the Americas

    * 16:12 10 December 2010 by Debora MacKenzie
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The DNA of the cholera bacteria ravaging Haiti has been sequenced, and the news is not good. It is carrying a mutation that seems to cause more intense disease. This has already helped the strain to dominate in south Asia, and the Haitian epidemic could spread it still further.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on 8 December that in its first six weeks, the Haitian cholera has been 11.5 times as likely to kill its victims as the cholera that reached Peru in 1991, even though Peruvians, like Haitians, had no prior immunity to the bacteria.

The death rate could partly be because medical care, nutrition and HIV levels are worse in earthquake- and poverty-stricken Haiti than Peru, says Matt Waldor of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. But it could also be due to a nastier cholera toxin.

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Waldor and colleagues have now sequenced the full DNA of the Haitian cholera and compared it with cholera from Peru, Bangladesh, the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere. The analysis, done in record time using a new sequencing technique, confirmed a simpler analysis by the CDC last month, showing the Haitian bacteria were from a single source and similar to recent south Asian strains.

The greater genetic detail showed that the Haitian bacteria are "nearly identical" to the predominant south Asian strain, but a different lineage to cholera in South America, or strains occurring naturally in the Gulf of Mexico. "The bottom line is, this cholera was introduced by human activity from thousands of miles away," says Waldor.

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Re: Deadly Haitian Cholera Super-strain Bioweapon Could Dominate Americas
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2010, 12:48:14 pm »
coud be a bio weapon, given that
- The UN introduced it
- Haiti is a nwo proving ground
- It has an unnatural mutation that makes it 10x as deadly

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Scientists: UN Soldiers Brought Deadly Superbug to Americas

By MATTHEW MOSK, BRIAN ROSS and RYM MOMTAZ | ABC News – Thu, Jan 12, 2012

Compelling new scientific evidence suggests United Nations peacekeepers have carried a virulent strain of cholera -- a super bug -- into the Western Hemisphere for the first time.

The vicious form of cholera has already killed 7,000 people in Haiti, where it surfaced in a remote village in October 2010. Leading researchers from Harvard Medical School and elsewhere told ABC News that, despite UN denials, there is now a mountain of evidence suggesting the strain originated in Nepal, and was carried to Haiti by Nepalese soldiers who came to Haiti to serve as UN peacekeepers after the earthquake that ravaged the country on Jan. 12, 2010 -- two years ago today. Haiti had never seen a case of cholera until the arrival of the peacekeepers, who allegedly failed to maintain sanitary conditions at their base.

"What scares me is that the strain from South Asia has been recognized as more virulent, more capable of causing severe disease, and more transmissible," said John Mekalanos, who chairs the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School. "These strains are nasty. So far there has been no secondary outbreak. But Haiti now represents a foothold for a particularly dangerous variety of this deadly disease."

More than 500,000 Haitians have been infected, and Mekalanos said a handful of victims who contracted cholera in Haiti have now turned up in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and in Boston, Miami and New York, but only in isolated cases.

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New Report Holds U.N. Responsible for Haitian Cholera Epidemic

The United Nations inadvertently caused a deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti, and has legal and moral obligations to remedy this harm, according to new report released by researchers at Yale Law School and the Yale School of Public Health.

The 58-page report, “Peacekeeping without Accountability,” provides the first comprehensive analysis of the cause of the massive outbreak of cholera in Haiti—which has killed more than 8,000 people and sickened more than 600,000 since it began in 2010. The report examines the role the U.N. played in precipitating the crisis and the U.N.’s responsibilities to provide legal remedies to victims of the epidemic. It directly contradicts recent statements by the U.N. Secretary-General that the organization did not bring cholera to Haiti, and has no legal responsibilities for the epidemic or its consequences.

“Peacekeeping without Accountability” is issued by the Transnational Development Clinic at Yale Law School and the Global Health Justice Partnership at the Yale Law School and the Yale School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Haitian Environmental Law Association (Association Hatïenne de Droit de L’Environment).

“While the U.N. has played an important role in the Haitian post-earthquake recovery effort, it has also caused great harm to hundreds of thousands of Haitians,” said Tassity Johnson ’13, one of the authors of the report. To date, the U.N. has refused to consider the claims of approximately 5,000 Haitians seeking redress, invoking its immunity in concluding that the claims are “not receivable.”

“The U.N.’s ongoing unwillingness to hold itself accountable to victims violates its obligations under international law. Moreover, in failing to lead by example, the U.N. undercuts its very mission of promoting the rule of law, protecting human rights, and assisting in the further development of Haiti,” Johnson said.

“Peacekeeping without Accountability” is the result of more than a year of research into the key epidemiological and legal issues arising out of the introduction of cholera to Haiti. The report incorporates consultations with victims of the epidemic, human rights advocates, attorneys, journalists, aid workers, medical doctors, and government agency officials with first-hand knowledge of the epidemic.

http://www.law.yale.edu/news/17237.htm
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