Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Cholera in Iraq

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Cholera in Iraq

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A vaccine campaign was launched in Iraq last month to immunize some 250 000 displaced people and refugees across 13 of the country's 19 governorates.

The first round of vaccinations got under way in the first week of November. In early December, the second round of doses will be administered to complete vaccination in some 62 camps.

The campaign was organized by the Ministry of Health with support from several international partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund and the United Nations Refugee Agency.

"The deteriorating security situation in Iraq coupled with the disruption of public health services and increased population displacement makes conditions favourable for transmitting the disease," said Dr William Perea, coordinator of the Control of Epidemic Diseases Unit at WHO headquarters.

WHO delivered the 510 000 doses needed, donated 600 000 chlorine tablets and 15 inter-agency diarrhoeal diseases kits, and sent epidemiologists and other experts to the country to support the campaign.

As of 1 November, the Iraqi Ministry of Health reported 2173 laboratory confirmed cholera cases from 16 of 19 governorates since the start of the outbreak in September. …

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