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Haiti – HHS Relief and Support Activities

Map of Haiti showing location of January 12, 2010 earthquake

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:

  1. 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
  2. Cholera must be present in the population. While it is unclear how cholera was re-introduced to Haiti, both of these conditions now exist.
  3. CDC Responds to Cholera Outbreak in Haiti >>

    Read the CDC Travel Outbreak Notice >>

HHS Statement On Evolving Haiti Situation

Our medical response efforts are moving from focusing on emergency acute care for those harmed in the earthquake to focusing on helping the people of Haiti rebuild their medical infrastructure, increase their capacity to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and secure the processes needed to ensure those who were injured can receive ongoing rehabilitative care. Read full statement.

Latest Report and Blog on the Haiti Situation

Ministry of Touch - Reflections on Disaster Work after the Haitian Earthquake, March 5, 2010

U.S. Government Officials and Haitian Ministry of Health Discuss Next Phase of Medical and Public Health Support in Haiti, February 24, 2010

Previous reports & blogs>>

CDR Denis is preparing this little boy for the vaccinations he is about to administerCDR Skinner consoling young boy after he receives his vaccination injectionsLCDR Russell assists well pump trouble shooting at a Grand Goave IDP CampA Customs and Border Protection officer waits in the processing area with one of the orphans arriving from Haiti in Sanford, FLA Customs and Border Protection officer feeds one of the orphans transported from Haiti to Orlando Sanford International AirportCustoms and Border Protection officers assist in off-loading nearly 80 orphans and many other displaced Haitians arriving on a U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft   More Photos>>


Keith Lindsay videoMore Videos>>
Haiti: HHS Emergency
Keith Lindsay: Providing
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.

USNS Comfort

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

Health Guidance
Find information for first responders, relief workers, health professionals, Haitian residents, and how to cope with disasters.