Source
Scholastic News Online

Scholastic News Online is a free resource with breaking news and highlights from the print magazine.

Available for grades 1-6, Scholastic News magazine brings high-interest current events and nonfiction to millions of classrooms each week.

Additionally, our subscribers have FREE access to Scholastic News Interactive, an exclusive online learning tool featuring digital editions, videos, interactive features, differentiated articles, and much more.


A woman in Haiti collects water with a dirty bucket. A woman collects water with a dirty bucket. She will use this water to clean the table where she sells raw meat at a market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Cholera is frequently caused by dirty water. (Kena Betancur / Reuters)

Disease Breaks Out in Haiti

Relief agencies scramble to care for the sick and stop the spread of a disease called cholera

By Laura Leigh Davidson | null null , null
<br /><strong>TOP:</strong> A relative mourns a child who died of cholera. Hundreds have died because of the illness.<strong><br /><br />BOTTOM:</strong> Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, was hit hardest by the earthquake in January. This is also where cholera struck first in October.<br /><br />(Emilio Morenatti / AP Images; Jim McMahon)

TOP: A relative mourns a child who died of cholera. Hundreds have died because of the illness.

BOTTOM:
Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, was hit hardest by the earthquake in January. This is also where cholera struck first in October.

(Emilio Morenatti / AP Images; Jim McMahon)

The people of Haiti face yet another challenge after an earthquake left much of the country in ruins last January. A deadly disease called cholera [KAH-luh-ruh] is now spreading throughout the country.

Cholera is a common but potentially deadly disease caused by unsanitary (dirty and unhealthy) conditions. Humans get it mainly by drinking water that is not clean.

More than 1.3 million people have been living in tent cities since last January, when an earthquake destroyed the country's capital, Port-au-Prince. These refugee camps have few toilets and no clean water for drinking, cooking, or bathing.

Medical officials first started seeing people with cholera in late October. The disease spread quickly from the tent cities to more populated areas of the country.

As of Monday, 1,344 people had died because of cholera and about 57,000 have received treatment. Medical officials estimate that about 200,000 people will be affected by the disease.

HELPING HAITI GET HEALTHY

It is easy to recover from the disease if it is treated early. Patients drink salty or sugary water to restore lost fluids. Then they take antibiotics to knock out the disease.

But even though treatment is simple, Haiti does not have enough doctors, nurses, and supplies to treat the thousands who have contracted cholera. The country's weak health care and water cleaning systems are making the problems worse.

The Haitian government and relief agencies like the Red Cross are asking people to drink only clean water. They are teaching people how to steer clear of the germs that cause cholera.

The United Nations (UN) has started a $164 million fund-raising effort to pay for more doctors and supplies. That money will also go toward construction of distribution systems for clean water.

  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    Knowledge Quest! Read-Aloud Collection: Taking Care of My Body

    Knowledge Quest! Read-Aloud Collection: Taking Care of My Body

    This selection of books teaches children how exercising, eating a balanced diet, practicing good hygiene, getting enough rest, and visiting the doctor for regular checkups are important ways to actively take care of our bodies.

    Help children succeed in school and in life by reading aloud for 20 minutes a day using these content-rich collections.

    Read the books in sequence to build vocabulary and knowledge around a topic. Each daily read-aloud provides one piece of the puzzle to help children on their knowledge quest to see the big picture!

    Choose recommended activities from the guidebook to suit your schedule and needs. Every guidebook provides:

    • Summary of prior knowledge
    • Content objectives
    • Vocabulary lists
    • Read-aloud guides
    • Activities that target Common Core
    • Supplemental book list
    • Reward certificate
    • List of collections for upcoming grades

    Knowledge Quest! helps you make learning fun, accelerate a child's vocabulary growth, and build skills that meet national standards. For complete information about this program, visit: scholastic.com/knowledgequest

    $50.00
    Book Collection | Grades 1-2
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    Knowledge Quest! Read-Aloud Collection: Taking Care of My Body
    Grades 1-2 $50.00
    Add To Cart
  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    Como Se Curan Los Dinosaurios?/How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?

    Como Se Curan Los Dinosaurios?/How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?

    by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

    From enormous sneezes to gigantic wails, the outrageous antics of these mischievous ailing dinosaurs will strike a chord and bring a smile to any child or grown-up who has ever sniffed, snuffled, coughed or ached.

    $2.99 You save: 40%
    Paperback Book | Grades PreK-2
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    Como Se Curan Los Dinosaurios?/How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?
    Grades PreK-2 $2.99
    Add To Cart
Privacy Policy
EMAIL THIS

* YOUR FIRST NAME ONLY

* FRIEND'S FIRST NAME ONLY

* FRIEND'S EMAIL ADDRESS

MESSAGE
Here's something interesting from Scholastic.com