Omani health authorities have urged caution after a woman who had visited Iraq was found to be infected with cholera. The health ministry said, "The Omani woman who was diagnosed with the disease had visited Iraq recently. The patient is receiving treatment in one of the health institutions in the sultanate and her condition is stable."
Urging Omanis to ensure strict hygiene guidelines, the ministry said, "The ministry will continue to pursue precautionary measures for some more time."
‘An Omani woman who had visited Iraq recently has been diagnosed with cholera. The patient is receiving treatment and her condition is stable.’
Iraqi health authorities launched a major vaccination campaign in November 2015 to combat a cholera outbreak that has infected more than 2,200 people, raising fears of a possible spread to neighboring Gulf countries. Many Shiites in Oman and other Gulf countries travel for pilgrimage in the holy Iraqi city of Najaf.
Health authorities in Iraq have blamed the cholera outbreak mostly on the poor quality of water caused by the low level of the Euphrates. The vaccination campaign in Iraq is focused on people displaced by conflict including the war with the Islamic State group.
The United Nations reported the number of people displaced by conflict in Iraq since the start of 2014 has topped 3.2 million.