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No Cholera Cases

No cases of cholera were registered during the past Iranian year (ended March 20), said Mohammad Mehdi Gouya, head of the Center for Epidemics at the Health Ministry on Monday. In 2015, six cases were reported among foreigners living in Iran (mostly Afghans) and one Iranian.  Cholera is transmitted from contaminated food and water due to poor sanitation. Unclean drinking water is a major reason for cholera he explained adding that, “Currently, 98% of Iranians have access to clean drinking water,” IRNA reported. He urged people to use tap water and avoid consuming water from lakes, rivers, or tap water in parks, which are for gardening.
Further, food hygiene needs more attention during the hot seasons (spring and summer). “Cooked food should be consumed in short time, and raw food should be stored at right temperatures,” Gouya cautioned.
He noted that during the first half of every year all hospitals are on standby to deal with known cholera cases.  
Cholera is a bacterial infection of the intestine, and causes severe diarrhea and dehydration, leading to death if untreated.

 

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