Haiti – HHS Relief and Support Activities
Map of Haiti showing location of January 12, 2010 earthquake
Cholera Outbreak in Haiti
An outbreak of cholera was confirmed in Haiti on October 21, 2010. Cholera had not been documented in Haiti for decades so cholera outbreaks were considered unlikely in Haiti immediately following the earthquake in January, 2010.
For a cholera outbreak to occur, two conditions have to be met:
- There must be significant breeches in the water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure used by groups of people, permitting large-scale exposure to food or water contaminated with Vibrio cholera organisms; and
- Cholera must be present in the population. While it is unclear how cholera was re-introduced to Haiti, both of these conditions now exist.
CDC Responds to Cholera Outbreak in Haiti >>
Read the CDC Travel Outbreak Notice >>
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Care at a DMAT Hospital
National Disaster Medical System (NDMS)
Helping U.S. Hospitals Treat Survivors of Earthquake in Haiti
Learn how HHS is supporting U.S. hospitals that are part of NDMS.
Providing Humanitarian Relief Efforts via the USNS Comfort
Read more about the USNS Comfort's mission in Haiti.
Travel Warning (Department of State)
Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Haiti. The State Department has ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. government personnel from Haiti.
Travel Health Warning (CDC)
Travel health warning from the CDC to avoid nonessential travel to Haiti.
Guidance for Relief Workers and Others Traveling to Haiti for Earthquake Response (CDC)
Advice for relief workers and other personnel traveling to Haiti to assist with the humanitarian response.
Health Guidance and Information
Find information for first responders, relief workers, health professionals, Haitian residents, and how to cope with disasters.