By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, Oct. 9, 2016
Before Hurricane Matthew’s apocalyptic plow through this one-time tourist haven on Haiti’s southwest coast, Port-Salut’s small hospital hadn’t seen a cholera case in three months.
On Sunday, as Haiti faced the double threat of starvation and cholera — the deadly water-borne disease that since 2010 has sickened more than 700,000 and killed over 9,000 — Port-Salut HCR Hospital was once again starting to see cholera cases.
By Sunday, the hospital, which has only five cholera beds, had registered one death at 3 a.m. and had six cholera cases. In the Grand’ Anse, where the storm turned a once-green ecological reserve into a desert of dead trees, doctors were also seeing cases.
“I can’t say how many, but there are a lot,” said Dr. Sophia Cherestal, with Doctors Without Borders.