PERU: Life in the Time Of Cholera

PERU: Life in the Time Of Cholera

Already afflicted by economic ills and a festering guerrilla insurgency, Peru is now plagued by an epidemic of cholera sweeping along its Pacific coast. As of last week, the disease had claimed 90 lives and infected at least 14,000 people. It is the first major outbreak of cholera in the western hemisphere since early in this century.

Local authorities have moved quickly to stem the epidemic, which is spread by poor hygiene and contaminated water, raw food and fish. Street-side food vending in Lima has been banned, and a national media campaign is under way to encourage sanitary habits. In an...

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