Conflict, crisis fuel cholera surge across Mideast hot spots


              UNICEF health workers mix chlorine and fresh water to sanitize tents and bathrooms at Syrian refugee camp in response to a cholera outbreak in Bhanine village, in the northern Akkar province, Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. In recent weeks, thousands of cholera cases have swept across the crisis-stricken countries of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. The three nations are struggling with depleted health care and water infrastructure, political and economic turmoil, and large populations of refugees and displaced people who live in overcrowded camps. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
            
              UNICEF health workers mix chlorine and fresh water to sanitize tents and bathrooms at Syrian refugee camp in response to a cholera outbreak in Bhanine village, in the northern Akkar province, Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. In recent weeks, thousands of cholera cases have swept across the crisis-stricken countries of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. The three nations are struggling with depleted health care and water infrastructure, political and economic turmoil, and large populations of refugees and displaced people who live in overcrowded camps. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
            
              A volunteer doctor holds an awareness session about cholera to residents the Salaheddine refugee camp in northwestern Syria on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. In recent weeks, thousands of cholera cases have swept across the crisis-stricken countries of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)
            
              A Syrian refugee washes her hands after UNICEF workers bring water to a Syrian refugee camp to help contain a cholera outbreak, in Bhanine village, in the northern Akkar province, Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. In recent weeks, thousands of cholera cases have swept across the crisis-stricken countries of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. The three nations are struggling with depleted health care and water infrastructure, political and economic turmoil, and large populations of refugees and displaced people who live in overcrowded camps. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
            
              A Syrian child walks in a stream of open sewage in the Salaheddine camp in northwestern Syria on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. In recent weeks, thousands of cholera cases have swept across the crisis-stricken countries of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)
            
              UNICEF health workers sanitize bathrooms as part of their cholera outbreak containment response, at a Syrian refugee camp in Bhanine village, in the northern Akkar province, Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. In recent weeks, thousands of cholera cases have swept across the crisis-stricken countries of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. The three nations are struggling with depleted health care and water infrastructure, political and economic turmoil, and large populations of refugees and displaced people who live in overcrowded camps. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
            
              Children play near open sewage in the Salaheddine camp in northwestern Syria on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. In recent weeks, thousands of cholera cases have swept across the crisis-stricken countries of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)
            Syrian women and their children sit and listen during a cholera awareness session by UNICEF at a Syrian refugee camp in Bhanine village, in the northern Akkar province, Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. In recent weeks, thousands of cholera cases have swept across the crisis-stricken countries of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. The three nations are struggling with depleted health care and water infrastructure, political and economic turmoil, and large populations of refugees and displaced people who live in overcrowded camps. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein) Open sewage pollutes irrigation streams in the Salaheddine camp in northwestern Syria on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. In recent weeks, thousands of cholera cases have swept across the crisis-stricken countries of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed) Hussein al-Khalif and his daughter Mais watch social and health workers sanitize a Syrian refugee camp in Bhanine village following a cholera outbreak, in the northern Akkar province, Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. In recent weeks, thousands of cholera cases have swept across the crisis-stricken countries of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. The three nations are struggling with depleted health care and water infrastructure, political and economic turmoil, and large populations of refugees and displaced people who live in overcrowded camps. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)