Cholera feared in Syria due to dirty water, WHO warns

February 24, 2015 5:31 PM

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Cholera feared in Syria due to dirty water, WHO warns

GENEVA (Reuters) - A cholera outbreak is feared in coming months in Syria, where other water-borne diseases such as hepatitis A and typhoid are on the rise due to poor sanitation, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday.

Safe drinking water is available at about one-third of the level it was before the conflict erupted nearly five years ago, and supplies are cut-off to punish civilians at times, it said.

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