February 8, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE — As fear for post-disaster epidemics haunts, doctors from some countries and international organizations are orchestrating vaccination efforts against diseases that may spread in the tent cities of quake-hit Haiti.

[efoods]Children are main vaccination targets and vulnerable adults will also get vaccine shots in temporary residence areas which are mostly large tents in open places.

So far there is no evidence that contagious diseases have broken out in the makeshift camps, but diseases caused by poor hygiene, like skin rashes and respiratory complaints are plentiful.

Red Cross officials worry about a potential cholera outbreak.

Cuban doctors have started vaccinating children in a clinic at the Silvia Cattor Stadium in the Haitian capital.


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