The number of cholera cases in Iraq has risen to more than 1,800, including six deaths, as the epidemic spread to the northern autonomous Kurdish region, health officials admitted Tuesday.
The illness, which can lead to death by dehydration and kidney failure within hours if left untreated, was detected last month west of Baghdad.
Most of the new cases are there and in Babel province south of the capital, spokesman Ahmed al-Rudaini said.
A spokesman for the Kurdistan health ministry confirmed two cases in Erbil and two others in Duhok but said there were no fatalities.
The cholera outbreak mainly affected Baghdad and Babil provinces with about 500 case in each, and the winter flooding last year that contaminated the river and shallow wells with sewage water is the most aggravating factor of this flare-up.