KUWAIT, Saturday, November 26, 2022 (WAFA) – After Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, Kuwait announced yesterday the detection of the first cholera case of a citizen coming from a neighboring country, according to the Kuwaiti news agency, Kuna.
It said the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health confirmed the first case and said the patient was isolated and was getting proper treatment, ruling out the possibility of an outbreak of the disease.
While the Kuwaiti ministry did not name the country where its citizen has returned from, saying only that it suffers from an outbreak of cholera, cases were recently confirmed in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq.
Syria confirmed dozens of cholera deaths and more than 35,000 cases in all 14 governorates.
Syria’s neighbor, Lebanon, also had its first cholera case since 1993 recorded on 6 October in the rural northern governorate of Akkar and later more than 3000 suspected and confirmed cases were recorded, with several deaths reported.
Iraq, which borders Kuwait and Syria, also saw an outbreak of cholera cases, as in neighboring Jordan, raising alarm with the World Health Organization of the return of the disease to the Middle East.
The return of the disease is believed related to drinking contaminated water, mainly in Syria.