On 15 September 2015, WHO received a notification from the IHR National Focal Point of Iraq of laboratory-confirmation of cholera in at least five governorates.
As of 23 September 2015, a total of 120 stool samples have been tested positive at the Central Public Health Laboratory of Baghdad for Vibrio cholerae 01 Inaba. Laboratory-confirmed cases have so far been reported from at-least five Governorates of the country- Baghdad Babylon, Najaf, Qadisiyyah, and Muthanna. The preliminary investigation revealed contaminated water source as the cause of this current outbreak.
Public health response
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has stepped up its response to contain the current situation and prevent further spread of cholera in close collaboration with WHO.
WHO risk assessment
WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions on any country affected by cholera outbreak.