Iraq

Situation report on diarrhoea and cholera in Iraq, 30 Oct 2008

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1. Current Status

- The recent report of Iraq Ministry of Health indicates that 708 laboratory-confirmed Cholera cases have been detected and registered in Iraq, up to 29 October 2008.

- Most of the new confirmed cases were from Diwanyia.

- 50% 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.

- 707 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, 64 cases have been confirmed 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
0
0
1
Wasit
1
30-09-08
30-09-08
0
0
2
Erbil
2
14-10-08
14-10-08
0
0
2
Missan
1
07-08-08
28-08-08
1
0
3
Muthana
1
14-10-08
26-10-08
0
0
7
Anbar
2
07-09-08
01-10-08
0
0
8
Najaf
3
17-09-08
28-10-08
0
1
33
Kerbala
3
05-09-08
27-10-08
0
9
46
Basra
5
14-09-08
06-10-08
1
2
58
Baghdad
10
18-08-08
28-10-08
1
1
86
Diwanyia
4
20-09-08
29-10-08
2
0
207
Babil
4
28-08-08
06-10-08
3
15
255
Total
37
07-08-08
29-10-08
8
28
708