http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/11/17/haiti.cholera/index.html?hpt=T2 For folks who don't know, Cholera is commonly spread when you don't have sanitary conditions or eat polluted food and water. This is one of MANY reasons why I think every house should save back a little extra clorox bleach if they don't want to go find where they can purchase water purification tablets. Taken from http://www.csgnetwork.com/h2oemergencypurifycalc.html as clorox doesn't have this on their website anymore... Oh yeah, use plain unscented bleach for this Liquid Clorox Bleach In an emergency, think of this (one gallon of Regular Clorox Bleach) as 3,800 gallons of drinking water. When the tap water stops flowing, Regular Clorox Bleach isn't just a laundry-aid, it's a lifesaver. Use it to purify water, and you'll have something to drink. It's the same in any natural disaster. As the shock wears off and the days wear on, the biggest demand is for drinking water. Time after time, relief crews hand out free Clorox Bleach with simple instructions: use it to kill bacteria in your water and you'll have purified water to drink. Here are the general guidelines. First let water stand until particles settle. Filter the particles if necessary with layers of cloth, coffee filters, or fine paper towels. Pour the clear water into an uncontaminated container and add Regular Clorox Bleach per the below indicated ratio. Mix well. Wait 30 min. Water should have a slight bleach odor. If not, repeat dose. Wait 15 min. Sniff again. Keep an eyedropper taped to your emergency bottle of Clorox Bleach, since purifying small amounts of water requires only a few drops. Bleach must be fresh for best use and results. See below suggestions for storage bottle replacement. Don't pour purified water into contaminated containers. Sanitize water jugs first. Without water and electricity, even everyday tasks are tough. In lieu of steaming hot water, sanitize dishes, pots and utensils with a little Clorox Bleach. Just follow the directions below to keep dishes clean. Whether you use Clorox Bleach in an emergency or for everyday chores, it's always an environmentally sound choice. After its work is done, Clorox Bleach breaks down to little more than salt and water, which is acceptable anytime. Ratio of Clorox Bleach to Water for Purification 2 drops of Regular Clorox Bleach per quart of water 8 drops of Regular Clorox Bleach per gallon of water 1/2 teaspoon Regular Clorox Bleach per five gallons of water If water is cloudy, double the recommended dosages of Clorox Bleach. Only use Regular Clorox Bleach (not Fresh Scent or Lemon Fresh). To insure that Clorox Bleach is at its full strength, rotate or replace your storage bottle minimally every three months. Clorox Bleach Sanitizing Solution To sanitize containers and utensils, mix 1 tablespoon Regular Clorox Bleach with one gallon of water. Always wash and rinse items first, then let each item soak in Clorox Bleach Sanitizing Solution for 2 minutes. Drain and air dry. I think about 50 gallons of bleach could have saved the bulk of the 120 who've died and the 1600 still sick. This is the kind of information that I think EVERY person should know. We have folks here on BYC who've had to abondon their homes to wild fires, tornado damage, hurricane damage, flooding in the midwest and central US, power outages, being stuck because of poor driving conditions etc. If you don't know what to do in a pinch you may become a sad footnote and the bottom of a article written like the first one I referenced. I am a bit peeved that they think WE did this to them though.