WHO asks Pakistan to investigate cholera case

The World Health Organisation is asking Pakistan to investigate a reported case of cholera in the northwest Swat Valley amid concern that an epidemic could break out in flood affected areas.

Last Updated: Aug 16, 2010, 20:30 PM IST

Geneva: The World Health Organisation
is asking Pakistan to investigate a reported case of cholera
in the northwest Swat Valley amid concern that an epidemic
could break out in flood affected areas.

WHO says cholera, which can spread rapidly after
floods and other disasters, is endemic in Pakistan and the
case may be unrelated to any large-scale outbreak.

But spokesman Paul Garwood said today that
international health rules require Pakistan to investigate the
case and report its findings back to WHO.

He says it`s up to Pakistan to declare whether
there has been an outbreak.

Tens of thousands of people have been infected with
waterborne diseases in Pakistan since heavy rains caused
floods in much of the country.

PTI