First cholera case confirmed in Baghdad - Yahoo! News
Another problem that Iraq now has to deal with. How much more can these people take??
An Iraqi Kurdish woman suffering from cholera lies in a hospital in Sulaimaniyah, 330 kms (205 miles) north of Baghdad, 02 September 2007. The World Health Organisation said Tuesday that Iraqi authorities were dealing with an "epidemic" of nearly 7,000 suspected cholera cases in three northeastern provinces.(AFP/File/Shwan Mohammed)
First cholera case confirmed in Baghdad - Yahoo! News: "BAGHDAD - The World Health Organization confirmed on Thursday the first cholera case in Baghdad since 2003, raising fears the disease is spreading from the north of the country where it has struck more than 1,000 people.
A 25-year-old woman from eastern Baghdad was found to have cholera after she turned up at a hospital with severe diarrhea, said Dr. Naeema al-Gasseer, the WHO's representative in Iraq.
Cholera is a gastrointestinal disease that is typically spread by drinking contaminated water and can cause severe diarrhea that, in extreme cases, can lead to fatal dehydration.
The disease broke out in Iraq in mid-August, but had been confined to northern Iraq, affecting the provinces of Sulaimaniyah, Irbil and Tamim, which is home to the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. At least 10 people have died, according to WHO."