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Suspected Cholera Outbreak Kills At Least 135 In Haiti

A boy drinks from a broken pipe on the street of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, in the aftermath of the massive January earthquake.
Haitian and UN officials say a suspected cholera outbreak has killed at least 135 people in Haiti.

More than 1,500 people have fallen ill in the affected area north of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was sending specialists to the country.

Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake in January that claimed more than 220,000 lives and left 1.5 million homeless.

Cholera is a waterborne bacterial infection spread through contaminated water, which causes diarrhea and vomiting and can lead to dehydration and death.

compiled from agency reports