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Last updated: 2 november, 2010 - 12:43 GMT

Haiti cholera: Protesters blame Nepalese peacekeepers for outbreak

Protesters march to the Nepal UN base in Mirebalais, Haiti, 29 October 2010

Haitians have taken to the streets in protest against the Nepalese UN workers

There is controversy surrounding the outbreak of cholera in Haiti, after American scientists from the Centers for Disease Control identified that the strain of the disease which has emerged there matches strains commonly found in South Asia.

This has led to angry protests by Haitians against the presence of United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal, where cholera is endemic.

It follows the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti on 12 January and killed more than 230,000 people.

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Vincenzo Pugliese from the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, says his troops should not be blamed.

Jonathan Katz, who is covering the story for the Associated Press in Port-au-Prince, has visited the UN peacekeepers' base.

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First broadcast 2 November 2010

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