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Cholera

10 December 2010

Haiti cholera came from Asia

Detailed genetic tests confirm that the cholera strain that has killed more than 2,000 people in Haiti came from south Asia.

Detailed genetic tests confirm that the cholera strain that has killed more than 2,000 people in Haiti came from south Asia and most closely resembles a strain circulating in Bangladesh, US researchers reported.

Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine today, Harvard's Dr John Mekalanos and colleagues said they also confirmed that Haiti's cholera strain carries a mutation associated with more severe disease.

 

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