Three-year-old dies of cholera in southern Iraq

Other News Materials 27 August 2008 22:38 (UTC +04:00)

A three-year-old child died of cholera in the southern Iraqi province of Missan, a spokesperson for the province's health department said Wednesday.

The child, Sajad Farhan Zaki, was one of 23 suspected cholera cases reported in the province, Jamal al-Ulwi told Voices of Iraq news agency.

However, it was later established that 22 of the cases were not cholera but diarrhoea, according to al-Ulwi, who attributed the cholera outbreak to polluted river water.

Amara, the capital of Missan, lies on the Tigris River. Health teams have been deployed to distribute disinfectant to residents and raise public awareness, al-Ulwi added.

In July, the World Health Organization said not a single case of cholera had been reported in Iraq for six months following an outbreak in the country last year, dpa reported.