Ninety-nine cholera cases confirmed in Pakistan

From across the flood-ravaged areas of Pakistan, the World Health Organization has recently confirmed 99 cases of the intestinal infection cholera.

The United Nations health agency confirmed the cholera cases and announced that they cover the period from the start of the flooding in late July until the end of September, the Associated Press reports.

The WHO said it did not alert Pakistan until October 12, but did not give a reason behind the delay, according to the Associated Press. International aid organizations are working with the WHO to fight the cholera outbreak, as well as other outbreaks related to the flooding.

The Geneva-based WHO announced on October 25 that Pakistan reported an 26 cases of cholera, along with three deaths associated with Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever. Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever is a tick-borne disease rarely found in humans. It typically kills 30 percent of those that contract it.

Cholera can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea, and can kill a victim in hours from dehydration. It is typically spread through contaminated food and water.

Pakistan also reported over 1,500 confirmed cases of dengue fever and 15 resultant deaths, according to the Associated Press.

The WHO said that the conditions created by the flooding have most likely contributed to the rise in the rate of disease among residents of water-logged communities.

The organization’s head, Director-General Margaret Chan, plans to visit Pakistan for three days beginning on October 26.