Health workers fear cholera outbreak in Pakistan

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 10 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4344
  1. Nayanah Siva
  1. 1London

    As the monsoon rains and flooding continue in Pakistan, health workers are now extremely concerned that the lack of clean drinking water and inaccessibility of large pockets of the country will lead to an outbreak of cholera.

    The National Disaster Management Authority in Pakistan has reported that 12 million people have been affected by the floods. Around 1400 people have died, 273 000 houses have been damaged, and 1.5 million people are now homeless.

    In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in the north west of the country, 80% of the water systems are now polluted with silt and …

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