Medicine: An Ancient Scourge Strikes Again

Thousands of cholera cases alarm the Middle East

The first cases were reported in Syria and were followed quickly by others in Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iran. By last week, almost the entire Middle East was in the grip or under the threat of an ancient and dreaded scourge: cholera. Thousands of cases and scores of deaths were registered, but the official figures in several countries were deliberately understated—for reasons of national pride, trade and tourism. Says Dr. Reinhard Lindner, a World Health Organization (WHO) communicable disease expert: "Cholera is the...

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