Cholera outbreak near Iraqi capital of Baghdad

Four killed in suspected cholera outbreak in Iraq

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Displaced people in Iraq have been affected by the lack of clean water.

Four people have died in a suspected cholera outbreak west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The Iraqi Ministry of Health suspects the deaths in Abu Ghraib area near Baghdad were caused by lack of clean drinking water.

Last week, some other cases of cholera were reported in the area, as well as in the city of Najaf.

"Last week, we announced that there 12 cases of cholera in Abu Ghraib and Najaf," health ministry spokesman Rifaq al Araji said.

"Since then, other cases have appeared in Abu Ghraib, and the reason is water that is not suitable for drinking," he said.

"Some people are drinking directly from the (Euphrates) river and the wells. The river water is polluted because the level is too low," Araji explained.

"We now have four dead in Abu Ghraib in suspected cholera cases," he said, noting that the official laboratory results would be announced soon.

A crisis center was set-up to deal with the outbreak and more medical staff were dispatched to the area.  

In 2012, four people were killed in the northern region of Kurdistan. That was the last confirmed cholera outbreak in Iraq.

Cholera causes severe diarrhea, draining the body of its water after a short incubation period of two to five days.


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