Iraq set for cholera vaccine campaign amid fear of international spread: WHO

Iraqi medical staff work in a vehicle during a vaccination campaign against cholera at a makeshift camp housing displaced Iraqis who fled the violence in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, on the southern outskirts of Baghdad, on September 21, 2015Iraq 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. “We are going to start a vaccination campaign to try to prevent a further spread of the disease,” Dominique Legros, head of WHO’s cholera unit, told reporters. Iraq has confirmed 1,811 cases of the acute diarrhoeal disease since early September across 15 of the country’s 18 governorates, including most recently in the northern autonomous Kurdish region.

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