Leading researchers from Harvard Medical School were blaming Nepalese soldiers, who served as UN Peacekeepers, for bringing into Haiti a vicious form of cholera, they called ‘the superbug,’ that killed 7,000 people in October 2010, abc news said.
The UN soldiers arrived in Haiti as peacekeepers following an earthquake that ravaged the country on Jan. 12, 2010, two years ago, and since then the virulent strain of cholera, a disease they have never had before, has spread affecting more than 500,000 Haitians.
The United Nations repeatedly refused to acknowledge any role in the outbreak despite mounting evidence presented by John Mekalanos, chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School.
UN Assistant Secretary General Anthony Banbury said the disease could have been carried by a backpacker or a civilian aid worker and there was no way for them to determine if UN troops were involved.
Banbury said the UN, through its peacekeeping missions, "are working very hard ... to combat the spread of the disease and bring assistance to the people. And that's what's important now."