Saturday 15 September 2012
Last Update 15 October 2012 5:07 am
BAGHDAD: Iraqi authorities said a cholera outbreak that killed four people had been controlled, blaming contaminated water in a country still struggling with dilapidated infrastructure.
The victims were mostly in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region, where another 272 people were confirmed with the illness, Kurdistan’s Health Minister Rekawt Hama Rasheed said yesterday.
“We can say the epidemic is under control and the situation has returned to normal,” Rasheed said in a statement.
Cholera is not uncommon in Iraq. In 2007 at least 24 people died and more than 4,000 cases were diagnosed with the illness. The country’s water and sewerage systems are outdated and its infrastructure development has been hindered by years of war and neglect.
The minister said the source of the cholera was polluted water mainly from a dam and a well in Sulaimaniya province.
Another 15 people were diagnosed with the disease in Kirkuk.
Cholera is characterised in its most severe form by a sudden onset of acute watery diarrhea that can sometimes cause death by severe dehydration and kidney failure within hours. It is mainly transmitted through contaminated water and food.
Arab News is not responsible for the view points, opinions and actions expressed by online commenters. Individual posts do not reflect Arab News' points of view or opinion, and abusive content will be removed