Cholera outbreak south of Baghdad.


Cholera — a “gastrointestinal disease typically spread by drinking contaminated water” — has broken out in a province south of Baghdad. At least 20 cases have been reported, although local authorities “insist the real figure is much higher and have complained that the government in Baghdad has been slow in responding to the outbreak.” According to a March poll, only 38 percent of Iraqis rate the availability of clean water as “good.”