Thirteen cholera cases were recorded in Iraqten in Sulaymaniyah, in the autonomous region of Kurdistan, as there is a resurgence of the infectious disease which, however, has not caused any death for the time being, the health authorities announced yesterday Sunday.
“Ten cases of cholera have been reported in the province,” said Sabah Hawrami, director general of health in Sulaymaniyah, the capital of the same city, which has a population of about one million.
According to the Iraqi Ministry of Health, two more cases were reported in al-Mutana (south) and the thirteenth in Kirkuk (north).
In Sulaymaniyah province, another 56 suspected cases have been reported and samples are being analyzed in a Baghdad laboratory, the only one in the country capable of making a diagnosis.
Over the past ten days, “approximately 4,000 cases of patients with diarrhea and vomiting have been reported in hospitals in Sulaymaniyah,” according to Dr. Hawrami.
“Cholera is a terrible disease, but it can be cured very easily. “We can save lives in a few hours,” he said.
A case of cholera has been reported in Sulaymaniyah since 2012.
The latest cholera epidemic to hit Iraq “goes back to 2015”, said Saif al-Badr, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health, at the French Agency. A cholera epidemic then struck Baghdad and the province of Babylon, south of the capital, infecting hundreds of people.
Cholera, a disease that causes acute diarrhea and dehydration and can kill within hours without treatment, is spread by ingesting or absorbing contaminated water or eating food contaminated with the vibrio cholerae bacterium.
The disease often occurs in residential areas with limited access to drinking water or lack of sewerage networks.
At the beginning of 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that between 1.3 and 1.4 million cases of cholera and 21,000 to 143,000 deaths from the disease were recorded worldwide each year.