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Eco-photos of the week: Jan. 16-22

By: Catie Leary on Jan. 21, 2011, 6:12 a.m.
Haitian citizens, adults and children alike, rest on cots at a Port-au-Prince cholera treatment center run by Doctors Without Borders on Jan. 16.

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Cholera-stricken Haiti

Haitian citizens — adults and children alike — rest on cots on Jan. 16 at a makeshift cholera treatment center run by Doctors Without Borders in Port-au-Prince.

Ever since a magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck the impoverished country over a year ago, a cholera epidemic has emerged because of poor sanitation and scarce public health resources. Cholera is a bacterial infection that causes diarrhea, dehydration and in the worst cases, death.