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 Cholera cases in Kurdistan between 800 to 1000: minister

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Cholera cases in Kurdistan between 800 to 1000  13.9.2007




September 13, 2007

Erbil-Hewler, Kurdistan region (Iraq), -- Iraq's Kurdistan Health Minister said on Thursday the region had between 800 to 1000 confirmed cases
of cholera, describing earlier reports on the presence of 7,000 cholera cases in the region as baseless.

"Reports on the presence of 7,000 cholera cases in the region were not accurate. We have 7,000 diarrhea cases not cholera," Zeryan Abdul Rahman said.

"The statement released by the World Health Organization has inaccurate information," he affirmed.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that nearly 7,000 people in the northern Iraqi region of Kurdistan have been infected with cholera in past weeks, and 10 have died from the diarrhea.

"It is unclear what is the cause of the epidemic," said WHO spokesman Fadela Chaib.

The precise source of the outbreak spanning three governorates, Sulaimaniyah, Kirkuk and Erbil, was not yet clear, though polluted water was thought to be the cause, she added.

All public water systems in the affected areas have been chlorinated, and samples are being regularly collected and tested to ensure potable water standards are met, she said.

According to WHO figures, Kirkuk had more than 3,700 cases of acute diarrhea, and one related death between July 29 and Sept. 2.

Kirkuk has its first case of cholera confirmed on August. 14, and six laboratory-confirmed cases of cholera have been recently been reported in Erbil.

VOI 

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