Iraq

Situation report on diarrhoea and cholera in Iraq, 17 Oct 2008

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- The recent report of Iraq Ministry of Health indicates that 504 laboratory-confirmed Cholera cases have been detected and registered in Iraq, up to 17 October 2008.

- 57% 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 below 5 year old children.

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

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

1. Summary

- Table (1) Suspect, confirmed cholera cases, death and dates of the first, most recent reported case by province, Iraq, 23 new cases were reported in last 24 hours

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
1
Erbil
2
07-10-08
07-10-08
2
Muthana
1
07-10-08
07-10-08
2
Missan
1
07-08-08
28-08-08
1
3
Anbar
2
07-09-08
01-10-08
8
Najaf
3
17-09-08
01-10-08
7
9
Kerbala
3
05-09-08
13-10-08
1
40
Basra
5
14-09-08
10-10-08
1
2
50
Diwanyia
4
20-09-08
14-10-08
2
11
75
Baghdad
10
18-08-08
14-10-08
1
1
77
Babil
4
28-08-08
14-10-08
3
15
236
Total
32
07-08-08
14-10-08
8
37
504

- 4 cases were discovered through the routine testing of negative samples sent for laboratory quality control, 2 of them were from Erbil in northern Iraq and the other 2 were from Muthana in southern Iraq.