Tuesday, 13 June 2017 00:00

UNHCR news statement on the food poisoning incident in Hasansham U2 camp

Around 800 individuals have been affected by a serious outbreak of food poisoning at Hasansham U2 camp, which houses 6,235 individuals who have been displaced from Mosul and other conflict areas; around 200 people have been taken to hospital.


At least one person (a child) has died.

The police authorities are currently carrying out an investigation into the incident.

 

UNHCR statement

“UNHCR is extremely concerned by events at the camp, which has resulted in at least one casualty, with hundreds of other people falling ill, and more than 200 hospitalised.

Staff have been working closely overnight to coordinate the response with other agencies and the relevant authorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Baghdad to ensure that those who have fallen ill were able to receive swift medical treatment and that the seriously sick were provided transport to nearby hospitals.

Extra clean water is now being provided at the camp and additional health agencies have been brought in to help in the response.

We are waiting for the police investigations to understand clearly the chain of events and to draw lessons from this tragic incident which will allow agencies to reinforce public health protocols to prevent such situations in the future.”

Ends

For more information:
Caroline Gluck This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +964 780 920 7286
Andreas Needham This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +964 780 920 7282
Saif al-Tatooz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +964 780 195 8468
Amira Abd el Khalek This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +964 772 616 3729

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