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Iraqis Die of Cholera

Wednesday, September 1, 1999: The Living Channel

                       Iraqis Die of Cholera

                       BAGHDAD (AFP) -- Twenty-nine Iraqis have died of
cholera over the past few weeks, a
                       disease that has returned to Iraq following the
imposition of crippling UN sanctions, the
                       health ministry said Wednesday.

                       The head of the ministry`s prevention department,
Abdel Jabbar Abdel Abbas, said that
                       "cases of cholera have increased throughout Iraq,
with 705 cases diagnosed and 29 of them
                       fatal," over the past few weeks.

                       "The greatest number of cholera cases were
registered in Baghdad province," the official
                       said, quoted by the Nabd Al-Shabab magazine.

                       "Cholera disappeared from Iraq before sanctions
and it then reappeared because of a lack of
                       health care, malnutrition and water pollution,
combined with the heat," he said.

                       A UN Children`s Fund (UNICEF) study published
earlier this month found that in central
                       and southern Iraq, home to 85 percent of the
population, mortality among children under
                       five increased from 56 deaths per 1,000 live
births in 1984-89 to 131 deaths in 1994-99.

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