Iraq

Situation report on diarrhoea and cholera in Iraq, 04 Nov 2008

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1. Current Status

- The recent report of Iraq Ministry of Health indicates that 738 laboratory-confirmed Cholera cases have been detected and registered in Iraq, up to 04 November 2008.

- Most of the new confirmed cases were from Babil and Muthana.

- 51% of the cases are found in children below 5 years of age.

- There have been 8 deaths (6 males and 2 females). 50% of the deaths have been in children below 5 years of age.

- Epidemiological findings have indicated that contaminated water is the most probable source of the out break.

- 737 cases have been identified as Inaba and 1 case as Ogawa serotypes.

2. Summary

Table (1) Suspect, confirmed cholera cases, death and dates of the first, most recent reported case by province, Iraq, 30 cases have been confirmed in last 4 days

Province
No. districts
affected
Date first
case
Date most
recent case
Death
Under
investigation
Laboratory
confirmed cholera
Diala
1
09-09-08
09-09-08
1
Wasit
1
30-09-08
30-09-08
2
Erbil
2
14-10-08
14-10-08
2
Missan
1
07-08-08
28-08-08
1
3
Anbar
2
07-09-08
01-10-08
8
Muthana
1
14-10-08
01-11-08
10
Najaf
3
17-09-08
28-10-08
5
33
Kerbala
3
05-09-08
27-10-08
4
55
Basra
5
14-09-08
06-10-08
1
2
58
Baghdad
12
18-08-08
03-11-08
1
1
92
Diwanyia
4
20-09-08
29-10-08
2
44
207
Babil
4
28-08-08
02-11-08
3
267
Total
39
07-08-08
03-11-08
8
56
738