Alarming Cholera outbreak kills over 60 in Syria – Lebanon reports first cases since 1993

cholera outbreak in Syria, Lebanon
cholera outbreak in Syria, Lebanon

The number of cholera cases in Syria is sharply rising as the outbreak has already infected thousands of people across the country, Caritas International has announced.

In a press release on Wednesday, the Germany-based organization said it was “extremely concerned” about the trend, noting that the outbreak was “very unusual in the Middle East and in Syria” and was a clear symptom of the “disastrous development” in the country.

The poverty that has been growing for years and the poor hygienic conditions, in which refugees and displaced persons in particular have to live, are the breeding ground on which this typical disease of poverty is now spreading,” warned the head of the group’s Middle East Division, Christoph Klitsch-Ott.

According to Caritas, at least 13,059 people in Syria have been infected with the disease since the beginning of September, and over 60 people have officially died from the main symptoms of cholera – diarrhea and vomiting. It’s believed that polluted drinking water tanks and contaminated vegetables are the primary culprits behind the outbreak.

Caritas notes that the last 12 years of war in Syria have severely damaged the country’s sanitary infrastructure, as some 13 million people currently lack access to clean water and sanitary facilities. It’s noted that the situation is especially devastating in refugee camps, where people are forced to live in confined spaces and have limited access to safe water sources.

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While the non-profit has made efforts to distribute clean drinking water and disinfectants in heavily affected areas of the country, it’s feared that the disease may continue to spread, not just within Syria but throughout the Middle East, according to Klitsch-Ott.

Last month, the World Health Organization also warned of cholera outbreaks in some 26 countries around the world, stating that the average fatality rate this year was three times higher compared to the five previous years.

The WHO’s team lead for cholera and epidemic diarrheal diseases, Philippe Barboza, called on countries to “act now” to prevent the disease from spreading even further, and to find ways to produce more cholera vaccines and expand access to antibiotics and clear water.

Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness caused by bacterial infection of the intestine. People tend to catch the disease when they swallow food or water contaminated with the cholera bacteria. The infection is believed to affect millions worldwide every year but, in most cases, the symptoms are mild or non-existent. However, if left untreated, the illness can quickly become life threatening, especially for the elderly as well as for people suffering from dehydration.

Meanwhile in Lebanon

Lebanon has recorded the first death case from cholera since detecting the disease in the country in October, the health ministry has said.

Lebanon recorded its first case of cholera since 1993 on October 5, likely the result of a serious outbreak in neighbouring Syria crossing the border between the countries and exacerbated by poor sanitation and crumbling infrastructure in Lebanon after three years of unprecedented economic crisis.

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The total number of recorded infections this month so far has reached 26, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

The common point between these cases is that the majority of patients are displaced Syrians,” Health Minister Firas Abiad said.

The absence of basic services, like safe water and sewerage networks, in places where refugees gather, constitutes a fertile ground for the epidemic to spread in Lebanon.

Lebanon hosts more than a million refugees from Syria’s civil war, which broke out in 2011.

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Most live in poverty, and their living conditions have worsened due to Lebanon’s economic woes.

Worldwide, the disease affects between 1.3 million and four million people each year, killing between 21,000 and 143,000 people. [RT] has been banned from ad networks and is now entirely reader-supported CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT MY WORK…

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