Aid agencies launch appeal for Iraqi refugees, while cholera spreads in northern Iraq

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 27 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:637
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    International health agencies launched a coordinated appeal last week for $85m (£42m; €60m) to help more than 2.2 million Iraqis who have fled to neighbouring countries. The appeal comes as another 1.2 million Iraqis have been internally displaced, partly as a result of the rapid spread of a cholera outbreak that began in the Kurdish north of Iraq.

    Cholera was confirmed by laboratory testing of samples from a 25 year old woman in Baghdad last week, and it is likely that more cases will be confirmed there soon, the World Health Organization …

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