Pakistan Confirms Cholera Case

UN fears the outbreak of many more
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2010 6:59 AM CDT
Pakistan Confirms Cholera Case
A flood effected family sit inside their makeshift tent on a hilltop as an army helicopter flies in Nowshera, Pakistan on Monday, Aug. 2, 2010.   (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

(Newser) – Queue the locusts: Pakistan has confirmed its first case of deadly waterborne cholera, and officials in the devastated northwest region fear there will be more in wake of flooding that has killed an estimated 1500. And the bad news got worse for Pakistan, reports the AP, with fresh flooding hitting the south and the prime minister estimating now that as many as 20 million have been displaced by the floods.

"This natural disaster has caused destruction at such a huge level that the government help (to survivors) looks insufficient," said PM Yousuf Raza Gilani. Aid workers are now treating anyone with symptoms as though they have cholera.
(Read more Pakistan stories.)

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