WHO: Cholera outbreak in Iraq spreading

Other News Materials 26 September 2007 04:17 (UTC +04:00)

(USA Today) A cholera outbreak in Iraq is spreading, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, with new cases confirmed in Baghdad, Basra and for the first time three northern districts.

The number of confirmed cases has now reached 2,116, according to the WHO. Just a day earlier a WHO official put the number of confirmed cases at 1,652. Eleven people have died of the disease so far.

"It shows that people are moving, and when people are moving they are spreading cholera," said Claire-Lise Chaignat, a cholera expert at WHO.

The global health body estimates that more than 30,000 people have fallen ill with acute watery diarrhea, which may later be confirmed as cholera.

More than two-thirds of confirmed cases are in the northern province of Kirkuk, where cholera was first reported on Aug. 13, WHO said.