Cholera outbreak | Four deaths and hundreds of cases in Deir Ezzor countryside • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
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Cholera outbreak | Four deaths and hundreds of cases in Deir Ezzor countryside

Deir Ezzor province: Four people died of cholera due to the contamination of drinking water, according to medical sources in Deir Ezzor countryside.

Meanwhile, the cases of cholera are increasing at Kasra hospital, Mahimidah clinic, Al-Madinah hospital and Al-Basirah general hospital.

The symptoms have appeared on hundreds of civilians such as vomiting, diarrhoea, headaches, high body temperature, hypotension, and muscle spasms.

The residents said to SOHR that the outbreak of cholera was caused by water contamination because the service office of the Deir Ezzor Civil Council did not distribute chlorine to water plants for three months ago.

Yesterday, SOHR activists reported that a cholera patient died in a hospital in SDF-controlled areas in Deir Ezzor countryside and symptoms of the disease appeared on more than 50 people at Al-Kasrah hospital in western Deir Ezzor countryside, according to medical sources.

According to the sources, the majority of the affected cases are from the villages of the western countryside of Deir Ezzor, such as the villages of Al-Harmushiyeh, Hawaej Bumosaa’, Al-Kasrah and Al-Zughayr.

The symptoms began to appear on September 6 and have been confirmed through laboratory tests and sampling.

The results of laboratory tests showed that the disease was caused by water contamination, as there was no water sterilization at all Deir Ezzor stations.

Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with Vibrio cholerae bacteria. People can get sick when they swallow food or water contaminated with cholera bacteria. The infection is often mild or without symptoms, but can sometimes be severe and life-threatening.