Cholera / basketball

Good articles in this week’s NEJM on cholera, including a MSF study on an effective vaccine trial in Africa. But this quote by Pape and Rouzier caught my eye (emphasis added):

Cholera is a disease of poverty, linked to poor sanitation and a lack of potable water. Establishment of an adequate sanitation and potable-water system is the most definitive way to prevent and limit its spread. However, the cost of instituting adequate sanitation systems, one of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, is prohibitive for the countries that are affected by cholera: it would cost an estimated $2.2 billion, for example, to adequately improve access to water and sanitation in Haiti. 

In unrelated news, Microsoft billionaire Steve Ballmer plans to buy the LA Clippers for $2 billion.


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