Amid vaccine shortages, Lebanon faces its first cholera outbreak in three decades

Darine Al-Ahmar (left), who directs a primary care health center in Douris, Lebanon, and Josette Hajjar, with the Lebanese branch of the Mérieux Foundation, have seen the number of cholera cases rise around their region.

Darine Al-Ahmar (left), who directs a primary care health center in Douris, Lebanon, and Josette Hajjar, with the Lebanese branch of the Mérieux Foundation, have seen the number of cholera cases rise around their region.

Several crises in the country — including political instability, COVID and financial collapse — have created deteriorating conditions that have allowed the bacteria to spread.

(Image credit: Ari Daniel/NPR)

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