First Case of Cholera in the United States

Health officials confirmed Wednesday the first known case of cholera in the United States, of which officials believe is linked to the Haiti epidemic after a Florida woman contracted the disease while visiting family in Haiti.

Vibri cholerae, the bacterium that contaminates by spreading through water or food has caused cholera to inevitably spread throughout Haiti, and is expected to affect a least 250,000 people reported The New York Times.

USA Today reported that the outbreak has already killed 900 people over the past six months, and is expected to continue.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) epidemiologist Robert Quick, says cause of the outbreak will never be known, but global travel and trade make it easier for bacteria to spread.

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