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Cholera remains a threat in Iraq

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November 23, 2007

Cholera has been an issue in Iraq for months now. It would seem that all of that "progress" in Iraq doesn't include having drinking water that won't kill you. Now, a lot of Third World countries seem to be able to provide potable water, and they haven't had $500 billion poured into them by the U.S.

What does it say when "six governmental hospitals" have water that is "unsafe"? It says that Iraq is a failed state and that the Bush Administration's claims of improvement are selective and misleading, to say the least. According to Bush, these kind of issues are the U.N's problem.

Once again, I feel compelled to point out the utter hypocrisy of the Republicans who voice "concern" for the "average, innocent Iraqi" should we withdraw, but who shrug at their suffering while we are there.

full story from Reuters

Iraq sees "catastrophe" with new cholera cases
Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:19am EST

By Aseel Kami

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq is facing a health "catastrophe" in the capital Baghdad, with reports of cholera rising sharply over the past weeks to more than 80 new cases, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Most of the new cases have been reported in the eastern part of Baghdad, especially in poor areas routinely deprived of water and other basic services, an official at the ministry said.

One cholera death was recorded in November, in addition to another death in September, said the official, who asked not to be named. "We have a catastrophe in Baghdad," she said.

In western Baghdad, six people at a government home for the disabled were confirmed to have the disease, she said. Another girl at the al-Hanan Institute for the Severely Disabled died from the disease.

The Health Ministry official blamed a lack of proper sanitation for the cholera cases at the institute.

Cholera, which is normally caused by consuming water or food containing the Vibrio cholerae bacterium, causes diarrhea and can swiftly kill its victims.

The official said that six governmental hospitals suffer from unsafe water supplies, including Yarmouk, one of Baghdad's chief hospitals.

A November 13 report from the United Nations reported 22 deaths from cholera this year, and 4,569 laboratory-confirmed cases, almost exclusively in northern Iraq.

But the United Nations also warned that the illness is on the rise in Baghdad. It reported 49 laboratory-confirmed cases in the capital as of November 11.

The ministry spokeswoman said that Kirkuk province in northern Iraq was the epicenter of this year's outbreak, with 3,006 cases and five deaths.

In neighboring Sulaimaniya province, 14 people have died and 1,234 cases have been recorded. Arbil province, also in the north, has seen 275 cases, she said.

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