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Haiti rebuilds update: Cholera cases drop

Haiti is seeing a drop in the number of cholera cases as the country settles into its dry season.

Dr. Wendy Lai of Doctors Without Borders Holland says the aid group is documenting an average of 10 to 20 cases a day in each of its two treatment centres compared to 30 to 40 cases a day a month ago.

During the spring rainy season, health care workers treated as many as 300 patients a day at one facility.The infection rate has spiked during Haiti’s two rainy seasons. The waterborne disease surfaced last year after a United Nations peacekeeping battalion likely brought it to the island nation.

Haiti now has the highest cholera infection rate in the world. Health officials say the disease has killed nearly 7,000 people and sickened another 515,000.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.