WHO: Baghdad cholera patient dies, raising the death toll to 11

September 24, 2007 13:24


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A woman from Baghdad who was the only confirmed case of cholera in the Iraqi capital has died, bringing the number of deaths from the disease in the country to 11, the World Health Organization said Monday. Dr. Naeema al-Gasseer, the WHO's representative in Iraq, said the woman died Sunday. She was found to have cholera after she turned up last week at the hospital with a severe case of diarrhea. An official in the capital's Sadr City general hospital, where the woman died, identified her as 40-year-old Majida Hamid Ibrahim, who came from the Jisr Diyala area on Baghdad's southern outskirts. Iraq has a total of 1,652 confirmed cases of cholera. Of the 10 people who died in earlier cases, nine were in the northern province of Sulaimaniyah and one was in Tamim.

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