BEIRUT — Lebanon on Wednesday recorded no new deaths or additional cholera cases in the previous 24 hours, the Health Ministry said in its daily report.
The total number of cases recorded since the beginning of the outbreak in October is now 660. Lebanon has also recorded 23 deaths.
Last Wednesday, caretaker Health Minister Firass Abiad said the cholera vaccine has been administered to 500,000 people out of the 600,000 targeted by the vaccination campaign launched last month. He also said the outbreak "is under control."
The health minister's statements came shortly after the Litani River Authority (LRA), a public water institution, announced it had found cholera in four out of 10 samples collected in the Bekaa from a source in Chtoura, as well as from the Berdawni River in Zahle and in Marj near a Syrian refugee encampment.
The LRA linked the contamination to "the discharge of untreated wastewater," highlighting that the disease was present in areas "downstream from camps for displaced Syrians, sewage outlets or hospitals."