No direct blame for UN peacekeepers on Haiti cholera epidemic
An experts panel probing the deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti says that fecal contamination by UN peacekeepers is a likely cause. But their report falls short of laying direct blame or responsibility on UN peacekeepers. The UN-appointed panel says the outbreak was caused by "bacteria introduced into Haiti as a result of human activity". It also cites deficiencies in water, sanitation and the healthcare system contributing to the spread. There is a widespread belief in Haiti that the disease came from the peacekeepers from Nepal, where cholera is endemic. The belief led to some anti-UN riots last year. There was no immediate reaction to the report from the Haitian government.
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