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In Iraq, a growing number of victims of the cholera epidemic

September 25 2007

Number of victims of the cholera epidemic in Iraq has reached the 11 people confirmed by more than 1,6 thousands of cases of infection life-threatening illness.

While in Baghdad, recorded a single death from cholera. In addition to a resident of the Iraqi capital, died of cholera before 9 persons from the province of Sulaimaniya and a resident of Tameem province in northern Iraq. In addition, in northern Iraq cholera patients have in the province of Salah ad-Din. Several cases of cholera confirmed in the city of Basra in southern Iraq. This has allowed professionals to assume that the epidemic is moving from the north, raised the capital and spread to the south.

Doctors suspect that, initially, cholera has spread in northern Iraq - Kurdistan - as a result of water pollution. In Basra, the epidemiological situation is worsening due to acute shortage of the authorities of chlorine to clean the city water supply.

Cholera - a serious epidemic disease, with profuse vomiting and diarrhea causes dehydration and can lead to death. The cause of cholera outbreaks is often use unsafe drinking water.

According to the UN mission in Iraq, access to good drinking water is only 30% of Iraqis. Violation of the water infrastructure of Iraq happened after the invasion of the country, U.S. Army, and the threat of various epidemics due to the continually increasing.

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