Syria: 5 dead, many infected with cholera due to contaminated water

Five people died of cholera due to the contamination of drinking water in Syria. The Kurdish administration has appealed to international organizations to provide support to limit its spread.

The main cause of the spread appears to be people drinking polluted water as well as watering plants in some areas with unclean water. The symptoms have appeared in civilians such as vomiting, diarrhoea, headaches, high body temperature, hypotension, and muscle spasms. Cholera usually appears in residential areas with scarce drinking water or no sanitation systems. It is often caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water and leads to diarrhea and vomiting.

Syria’s infrastructure has suffered damage since the country’s conflict began in March 2011 where residents of some areas have no access to clean water.

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