The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Alarming increase in Cholera infections | The number of deaths in Deir Ezzor jumps to six

Deir Ezzor province: SOHR sources have reported that the number of people died of Cholera in Deir Ezzir province has increased to six. On the other hand, the number of infections has dramatically increased. According to SOHR sources, two persons from Khesham town died today, after having arrived in “Al-Assad” hospital in Deir Ezzor a few days ago.


Reliable SOHR sources have also reported that the number of cholera cases increases gradually, where some cases are transported to hospitals in Al-Raqqah. The director of Al-Raqqah hospital has told SOHR that the hospital received 15 cases, after having infected in Deir Ezzor province.


It is worth noting that the deaths are distributed in areas under the control of the Syrian regime and areas held by SDF in north-east Syria region.


Yesterday, SOHR sources reported that 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 was increasing at Kasra hospital, Mahimidah clinic, Al-Madinah hospital and Al-Basirah general hospital.


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


The residents told 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.


A day earlier, 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.