Iraq

Situation report on diarrhoea and cholera in Iraq, 06 Nov 2008

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1. Current Status

- The recent report of Iraq Ministry of Health indicates that 813 laboratory-confirmed Cholera cases have been detected and registered in Iraq, up to 06 November 2008.

- Most of the new confirmed cases were from Diwanyia, Muthana and Baghdad.

- 48% of the cases are found in children below 5 years of age.

- There have been 9 deaths (7 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.

- 812 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, 42 cases have been confirmed in last 24 hours

Fig. 1 Confirmed cholera cases by province up to 06 November 2008

Province
No. districts
affected
Date first
case
Date most
recent case
Deaths
Under
investigation
Laboratory
confirmed cholera
Attack
rate/100,00
Diala
1
09-09-08
09-09-08
0
0
1
0.1
Erbil
2
14-10-08
14-10-08
0
0
2
0.1
Wasit
2
30-09-08
18-10-08
0
0
2
0.2
Missan
1
22-08-08
28-09-08
1
0
3
0.4
Anbar
2
07-09-08
17-09-08
0
0
8
0.5
Baghdad
10
18-08-08
05-11-08
1
1
99
1.5
Basra
5
14-09-08
23-10-08
1
2
58
2.4
Najaf
3
07-09-08
29-10-08
0
5
33
2.7
Muthana
1
14-08-08
05-11-08
0
0
16
2.7
Kerbala
3
05-09-08
03-11-08
0
0
59
6.3
Babil
4
28-08-08
05-11-08
3
0
274
16.9
Diwanyia
4
20-09-08
05-11-08
3
25
258
25.2
Total
37
07-08-08
09-10-08
9
33
813
2.7