Update from Rick Ireland – Saturday, October 23

“I know the news is full of the cholera outbreak in the north part of . We have been expecting something like this long before now. I spoke with Dr. Dan (Snyder) yesterday who said that the key for us was to wash our hands a lot, be careful of what we eat and where it came from, and drink filtered water. These things have been standard operating procedure since I have been here. Do keep lifted up in prayer as many Haitian don’t have the resources that we do to protect ourselves.”

From CBC News

An outbreak of cholera is worsening in Haiti, and moving closer to the country’s earthquake-devastated capital, . As of the most recent reports on Saturday evening, the disease has killed at least 208 people and sickened another 2,674. The outbreak began in the rural Artibonite region, which hosts more than one million quake refugees. Health officials fear what could happen if the disease spreads to , where hundreds of thousands of quake survivors live in tarp camps.

Cholera is a waterborne bacterial infection spread through contaminated water. It causes severe diarrhea and vomiting that can lead to dehydration and death within hours.