HealthcareIraq confirms 13 cholera cases, scores suspected

Iraq confirms 13 cholera cases, scores suspected

Scanning electron microscope image of Vibrio cholerae. Credit: Wikipedia

A cholera outbreak in Iraq has infected at least 13 people and scores more suspected cases have been sent for analysis, most from the northern Kurdistan region, health officials said Sunday.

“Ten cases of cholera have been recorded in the province” of Sulaimaniyah, said Sabah Hawrami, district health chief in the autonomous Kurdistan region.

Another 56 from the same province are being analysed by a central laboratory in the capital Baghdad—the only one able to provide the diagnosis.

The health ministry said one case had been registered in Kirkuk province, neighbouring Sulaimaniyah, while two were recorded in the southern province of Muthanna.

No deaths have yet been registered.

“Around 4,000 cases of diarrhoea and vomiting have been recorded in Sulaimaniyah hospitals” in the past six days, Hawrami told a press conference.

The provincial capital of Sulaimaniyah counts around one million people.

“Cholera is a terrible illness but can be easily treated. We can save lives in a matter of hours,” he added.

The country’s last broad outbreak “dates back to 2015”, health ministry spokesman Seif al-Badr told AFP.

The central provinces of Baghdad and Babil to its south were the worst affected during that outbreak, with hundreds ill.

The last registered cholera cases in Sulaimaniyah were in 2012.

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease that is treatable with antibiotics and hydration but can kill within hours without medical attention.

It is caused by a germ that is typically transmitted by poor sanitation. People become infected when they swallow food or water carrying the bug.

According to the World Health Organization, researchers estimate that annually there are between 1.3 million and four million cases of cholera worldwide, leading to between 21,000 and 143,000 deaths.

First cholera outbreak since 2017 kills one in S.Sudan

© 2022 AFP

Iraq confirms 13 cholera cases, scores suspected (2022, June 19)
retrieved 19 June 2022

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no
part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Original Source Link


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Readers discuss colors and spikes in the James Webb Space Telescope’s images and more

Space palettes The stunning first pictures from the James Webb Space Telescope provide the deepest and clearest look yet...

Phoenix real estate firm on a roll in Austin area, with another home rental community planned

NexMetro is credited with being a pioneer in the current build-to-rent trend and as of 2020 had invested...

Fiona Knocks Out Power With Hurricane-Strength Winds In Atlantic Canada

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Fiona knocked out power to more than 500,000 customers in Atlantic Canada Saturday,...

A Sweet, Slightly Clumsy Vampire Dramedy [Fantastic Fest]

Part of the fun of "Blood Relatives" is how Segan plays around with established vampire mythology. Yes, vampires...

Musk says Siegel ‘obviously correct’ with Fed critique, recession expectation

Wharton professor Jeremy Siegel is heaping criticism on Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and expects a recession. Elon...

How crypto is playing a role in increasing healthy human lifespans

It's a question that's infatuated scientists for decades: how can we prolong life expectancy — giving humans everywhere...

Must Read

- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you