Local Doctor's View on Haiti Cholera Epidemic

By Maggie Vespa

December 3, 2010 Updated Dec 4, 2010 at 9:46 AM CDT

Devastating news continues to come from Haiti tonight, as a deadly cholera outbreak now has a death toll of almost 2,000.

Dr. John Carroll of Peoria is founder of Central Illinois' 'Haitian Hearts.'

He has been in Haiti since Thanksgiving day, trying to bring relief to people affected by a severe cholera outbreak.

An estimated 18,000 people have been killed by the disease.

Dr. Carroll calls the epidemic a "medical genocide."

This week Carroll wrote, quote, "Cholera is killing people here in less than 24 hours."

He says while 'genocide' is actually defined as a deliberate killing of people, the disease seems to be targeting the nation's poor.

Carroll wrote, "my definition of genocide is to kill a people. That seems exactly what is happening here. It seems that we are witnessing the slow destruction and death of the Haitian poor."

Dr. Carroll says the situation in Haiti is worsened by tension surrounding the country's recent elections, with many politicians and citizens accusing voting officials of fraud.

Dr. Carroll will remain in Haiti through next week.