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Cholera Outbreak Roils Haiti as Violence Hampers Aid Workers

  • PAHO says outbreak has killed 18, true toll likely higher
  • Health crisis comes as Haiti asks for international troops
Demonstrators in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Oct. 10.

Demonstrators in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Oct. 10.

Photographer: Richard Pierrin/AFP/Getty Images

A growing cholera outbreak in Haiti has killed at least 18 people and left hundreds sick just in the area surrounding the capital, the Pan American Health Organization said Wednesday. 

More than 260 people are suspected to be infected with the disease, though the true number is likely much higher, as violent disorder has made much of the country inaccessible, PAHO Director Carissa Eitenne said.