Cholera Crisis

“This year’s cholera crisis already goes far beyond the borders of Iraq or even the lengths of the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers,” writes Pulitzer Prize winning science writer Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. “It is a pan-African, pan-Middle Eastern epidemic.”

The numbers: 10,700 cases as of Oct. 22, in terms of the African and Middle Eastern toll.

Climate, weather and a dire and still deteriorating security situation in concert with the disruption of public health services and increased population displacement make conditions favorable for Vibrio cholerae.

Foreign Policy

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