Cholera cases increase in Abu Ghraib outbreak in Iraq

At least 6 people have died due to cholera while 70 are reported to be infected in the cholera outbreak in Abu Ghraib. Health officials are concerned that the outbreak might spread due to outdated and broken water and sewage systems, as well as crowding of refugees in camps in the area.

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All travellers to any area where cholera has been reported can reduce the risk of exposure to this infection by strictly observing all food and water precautions. If gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., vomiting and profuse watery diarrhoea) develop while visiting the affected area, travellers should seek medical care at once. Severe dehydration may occur very quickly.

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