10/09/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Cholera Threatens Iraq Province Of Babel, Lack Of Clean Water Blamed

HILLA, Iraq - The central Iraqi province of Babel went on alert on Monday after four people were killed by cholera and 200 others were suspected of suffering from the disease, local officials told AFP.

"The laboratory reports from Babel health department indicate there are 200 cases of suspected cholera, vomiting and diarrhoea in the province," the provincial council said.

It said the council head, Mohammed al-Masoodi, has ordered the water, electricity and health departments to go on alert in an effort to stop the spread of the disease.

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