UNICEF supports efforts to protect children and communities against the disease

BAGHDAD, 6 November 2015 – UNICEF is part of urgent efforts underway in Iraq to shield communities and families from the effects of a cholera outbreak that has already infected more than 2,200 people – about 20 per cent of them children -- across 15 of the country’s 18 governorates.

Baghdad, 19 September 2015. Under the provision of the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005), the Iraqi Ministry of Health, in consultation with the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared on 15 September 2015 a cholera outbreak in governorates of Najaf, Diwaniya, and parts of west Baghdad and announced stepping up necessary measures taken to stop the transmission of the event and prevent further spread of the disease. The declaration came after a sudden increase of acute watery diarrhea diseases cases and laboratory tests done in the Central Public Health Laboratory confirmed the presence of Vibrio cholera 01 Inaba in 38 out of a total of 106 stool samples tested. A Cholera Task Force- (CTF) comprising officials from the MOH, WHO, and other UN partners has been set up to lead the response and coordinate with local health authorities in the affected areas to control this disease which can, if not timely controlled, spread rapidly and widely.

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