Cholera Spreads in North Iraq

The cholera epidemic in northern Iraq continues to grow, with 16,000 persons now estimated to have been infected.

I grew up traveling and have seen cholera up close. You lose liquids from both major orifices and have trouble keeping anything down, and eventually if you are not treated you are dehydrated to death. It is not pretty, it is fairly highly contagious, and it is always caused by poor public health systems (i.e. bad governance).

I fear that this epidemic is only the beginning of Iraq’s health problems given the breakdown in governmental and public systems.

Is everyone else as offended by Bush’s phrase, ‘return on success’ as I am? I mean, are the Iraqis cattle that he is getting a return on?

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