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WHO Calls For Urgent Action To Prevent Cholera’s Spread In Middle East, Africa; Iraq Plans Mass Vaccination Campaign

VOA News: WHO: Cholera Outbreaks Threaten Africa, Mideast
“The World Health Organization is stepping up efforts to control multiple cholera outbreaks in Africa and the Middle East to prevent the disease from spreading and threatening the health of thousands of people. More than 10,700 cholera cases and 170 deaths are reported in five countries in the Eastern Mediterranean and African regions, Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tanzania…” (Schlein, 10/22).

Agence France-Presse: Iraq set for cholera vaccine campaign amid fear of international spread: WHO
“Iraq plans to hold a mass vaccination campaign to halt a cholera outbreak that has infected more than 1,800 people amid fears it could spread among refugees in the region and beyond, the World Health Organization said Thursday…” (Larson, 10/22).

Agence France-Presse: Nearly 5,000 cholera cases, 74 deaths in Tanzania: WHO
“Tanzania is facing a major cholera outbreak, counting nearly 5,000 cases and dozens of deaths, the World Health Organization said Thursday, calling for urgent action to stop the disease from spreading to neighboring countries…” (10/22).

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