Feb 10, 2010 10:03 AM by Associated Press

Health crisis in Haiti enters a deadly new phase

Diarrheal illnesses, acute respiratory infections and malnutrition are beginning to claim the lives of dozens of Haiti's earthquake victims. Health officials fearful of contagious disease outbreak are rushing to vaccinate more than half a million children against measles, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough.

Some 300,000 people are injured. And the number of amputees, estimated in the thousands, keeps rising because of untreated fractures.

Food shortage violence is also producing casualties. One doctor says he treats several gunshot wounds a day.

The U.N. is working to compile data on the number of deaths not directly caused by the Jan. 12 quake. Haiti's government has raised the death toll for the earthquake to 230,000.


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