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Récente étude sur l'origine du choléra en Haïti

publié le 3 juil. 2013 à 08:30 par Junia Barreau   [ mis à jour : 17 juil. 2013 à 11:00 ]
Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic Was Likely Brought by Nepalese Soldiers Trying to Help

More evidence is mounting that the cholera outbreak that’s currently ravaging Haiti originated from a single soldier from Nepal who was in the country to assist in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.

A new study published in mBio adds support to what public health officials already thought: That United Nations peacekeeping efforts brought the disease to the island.

The mBio study finds that the cholera bacteria currently ravaging Haiti is genetically extremely similar to a Nepalese one: “Nepalese isolates are the closest relatives to the Haiti strain identified to date, even when placed into a phylogeny with a larger collection of isolates representing recent cholera epidemics.”