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Current Concerns  >  2007  >  No 13, 2007  >  The Cholera Is Spreading in Iraq [printversion]

The Cholera Is Spreading in Iraq

On September 14 the “Basler Zeitung” reported that the cholera is spreading mainly in the north of Iraq. This was communicated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva. A speaker of the WHO said that up to  14 September 16.000 patients were counted. Three days before the number of cases had been 7.000. During the past weeks 10 people died by the diarrhea, it was said.
The reason for the epidemic seems to be contaminated water. The WHO-representative for Iraq, Naeema al-Gasser, said that if the problem with the water was to prevail the epidemic would spread fast. The last cholera-epidemic in North-Iraq had happened in 1999. In Basra in the south of Iraq the disease broke out in 2003.

Source: Basler Zeitung, 14 September 2007