Compelling new scientific evidence suggests United Nations peacekeepers have carried a virulent strain of cholera -- a super bug -- into the Western Hemisphere for the first time.Soldiers from a third world country unsanitary? Whoda thunk?
The vicious form of cholera has already killed 7,000 people in Haiti, where it surfaced in a remote village in October 2010. Leading researchers from Harvard Medical School and elsewhere told ABC News that, despite UN denials, there is now a mountain of evidence suggesting the strain originated in Nepal, and was carried to Haiti by Nepalese soldiers who came to Haiti to serve as UN peacekeepers after the earthquake that ravaged the country on Jan. 12, 2010 -- two years ago today. Haiti had never seen a case of cholera until the arrival of the peacekeepers, who allegedly failed to maintain sanitary conditions at their base.
More than 500,000 Haitians have been infected, and Mekalanos said a handful of victims who contracted cholera in Haiti have now turned up in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and in Boston, Miami and New York, but only in isolated cases.I'm not going to go on a binge of righteous indignation at the UN over this one. In our modern era of transportation, it was only a matter of time before the Nepalese strain of cholera was carried abroad by tourists or business men. The fact that it landed and took hold in Haiti in a time when they were extremely vulnerable. We can't stop all humanitarian interventions on the grounds that something bad might happen. The world is not Star Trek and the Prime Directive doesn't apply.