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About 40% of Haiti's cholera patients are children - UNICEF

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today said children account for roughly 40 per cent of the confirmed cholera cases in Haiti, as it appealed for US$27.5 million to save more lives from the disease.
 
The outbreak began two months ago and is unfolding amid economic crisis and rising insecurity due to gang violence.
 
Ninety per cent of confirmed cases have been in areas with a high burden of severe acute malnutrition.
 
UNICEF said children suffering from the condition, which is also known as severe wasting, are more vulnerable to cholera and at least three times more at risk of dying from it.
 
Director of UNICEF's Office of Emergency Programmes, Manuel Fontaine, said there is a triple threat to children's lives – malnutrition, cholera and armed violence.


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