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Cholera outbreak ravages Northwestern Syria

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The Syrian opposition-run civil defence reported on Tuesday that a cholera outbreak had killed 22 people and infected 568 others in the northwestern region. The outbreak has occurred in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake that rocked both Turkey and Syria. The quake has caused extensive damage to water systems and infrastructure in the border region, making it difficult to contain the spread of the waterborne disease.

Cholera is a highly contagious bacterial disease that can cause severe diarrhea and dehydration, leading to death if left untreated. The outbreak is a cause of grave concern for the already beleaguered Syrian population, which has been grappling with the devastating effects of the ongoing civil war for more than a decade. The situation is further compounded by the lack of medical supplies and the exodus of health workers from the country.

International aid agencies have called for urgent action to address the crisis and prevent it from spreading further. The outbreak underscores the urgent need for sustainable water and sanitation infrastructure in the region, as well as the importance of investing in healthcare systems to mitigate the effects of natural disasters and conflicts on vulnerable populations.

Efforts to contain the spread of cholera and provide medical assistance to the affected population are underway. However, the challenge of addressing the crisis in the midst of ongoing conflict and political instability remains daunting.

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