MIAMI ( – New numbers from the World Health Organization are providing a sobering look at how bad the health conditions in Haiti have become in 2011.

According to the WHO, the number of cholera cases in Haiti is expected to exceed 500,000 by December 31, 2011. So far, 470,000 cases have been reported, along with 6,600 deaths.

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In addition, the WHO predicted that the disease is likely to become endemic in the Caribbean nation. The WHO is investigating where a large-scale vaccination campaign in Haiti may help.

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No cases of cholera had been documented in Haiti before an outbreak started last year just months after an earthquake devastated the nation.

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