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Death toll from cholera in Syria rises to 29

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Death toll from cholera in Syria rises to 29

Damascus, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) The number of people infected with cholera in Syria rose to 338, of whom 29 died, the Ministry of Health reported in its update on the epidemiological situation in the country.

Of the total number of infected, there are 180 people in Aleppo province, 55 in Deir Ezzor, 25 in Hasakeh, 19 in Latakia, five in Homs and four in the city of Damascus, reported the director of Communicable and Chronic Diseases, Zuheir Al-Sahwi.

Regarding the geographical distribution, he explained that 25 of the deceased were from Aleppo, two from Deir Ezzor and another two from Hasakeh, and clarified that the two new cases in Damascus came from Deir Ezzor and Hasakeh.

According to Al-Sahwi, the main cause of death is the delay in going to health centers to request medical attention.

The ministry assured that it is carrying out epidemiological surveillance 24 hours a day, in addition to investigating suspected cases and providing preventive treatment to people who were in contact with patients.

A unified treatment protocol that is available in all its forms was also adopted and measures were taken to contain the disease in cooperation with the competent authorities.

The sector minister, Hassan al-Ghabash, recently stated that the epidemiological situation is completely under control thanks to the preventive measures of the ministry and the early response of the Government.

The war ongoing since 2011 affected the Syrian health system and caused a deterioration of services, which degraded the health indices of the population.

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