Oral cholera vaccine and integrated cholera control in Haiti

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Comment published in The Lancet on 2-Jun-2012 by Ivers, L. C. et al.


On April 14, 2012, some 18 months after the first cases of cholera were documented in Haiti, a group of Haitians were offered the first of two doses of oral cholera vaccine as part of the Haiti cholera vaccination project. The epidemic is not only the first in this region in nearly two decades, it is also the worst epidemic of the post-antibiotic, post-vaccine era. This vaccine rollout, linked to efforts to increase access to safe drinking water, seeks to vaccinate 100 000 people with a low-cost vaccine recently prequalified by WHO. It is, we hope, a modest first step towards comprehensive and integrated prevention and control of cholera in Haiti and the region.