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UN appeals for $164M to combat Haiti cholera

GENEVA (AP) - The United Nations is asking for $164 million to fight the cholera outbreak in Haiti, which has now claimed 724 lives.

A spokeswoman for the U.N. humanitarian office says unless the funds are provided "all our efforts can be outrun by the epidemic."

Elisabeth Byrs told reporters in Geneva that U.N. and non-governmental organizations would use the money to bring in additional doctors, medicines and water purification equipment to treat up to 200,000 people who could be affected by the disease.

She says the disease has so far infected at least 11,125 people in five of Haiti's 10 districts.

Byrs says 10 of the deaths and 278 cases have occurred in the capital Port-au-Prince.

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