Opinion: Imagine if thousands of Americans died from a Cholera outbreak because a foreign military polluted the Mississippi river

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Bodies are lined up after an unexpected outbreak of cholera terrorizes the Mississippi River Valley (Simulated Image)

Imagine this scenario… President Barack Obama is set to address the nation after large swaths of the Mississippi River Valley have been quarantined following an unprecedented outbreak of cholera that has already claimed thousands of lives and is continuing to do so at a rate that is scaring CDC officials.

According to sources deep inside the White House, nearly every available National Guard unit has been deployed to the Midwest in an effort to erect barriers around the affected areas. Top military officials also confirmed that fighter jets have been scrambled and will be patrolling the skies along with Black Hawk helicopters, in case roaming mobs seeking medical treatment become unruly.

The source of the outbreak is linked to a group of Nepalese UN Peacekeepers who were on a mission near the Mississippi River’s headwaters in Minnesotta. The soldiers from Nepal dumped their cholera-infested waste directly into the Mississippi River resulting in a massive bloom of cholera which infected the drinking water supply.  The strain of cholera has been genetically linked to the region of Asia where the soldiers came from.  Despite the evidence the United Nations denies the allegations that it’s peacekeepers are responsible and takes no responsibility…

Water contaminated with cholera surges into the Mississippi River, putting a large part of the Continental United States at risk. (Photo by Joe Kur)
Water contaminated with cholera surges into the Mississippi River, putting a large part of the Continental United States at risk. (Simulated image)

FYI: Cholera is an infection in the small intestine caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. The main symptoms are watery diarrhea and vomiting. Transmission occurs primarily by drinking water or eating food that has been contaminated by the feces (waste product) of an infected person, including one with no apparent symptoms.

RYOT NOTE: This very scenario happened for real in Haiti. Thousands of people died and continue to die after United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal dumped their fecal matter into the Artibonite River, where many Haitians drink, bathe and wash their clothes, resulting in a devastating cholera outbreak. Although they have pledged millions of dollars to address the crisis, the United Nations will not accept full responsibility. The RYOT Foundation has an award-winning film about the subject, called “Baseball in the Time of Cholera.” Click here to watch it. Afterwards, consider donating so we can continue to make films that raise awareness for pressing global issues. You can also make an impact by sharing this story and spreading the word about our work!

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