The World Health Organization (WHO) said there have been almost 7,000 cases of cholera reported and 10 deaths in two weeks. Nine of the fatalities were in Al-Sulaymaniyah Governorate, while another person died in the northern city of Kirkuk.
Cholera was confirmed in some 300 laboratory tests. The outbreak was thought to be caused by infected water supplies.
On August 29, the health minister for the northern Kurdistan region, Zryan Othman, warned that the disease could spread to other areas, including Baghdad, if the international community did not offer urgent help.