Syrian medics launched Tuesday the first cholera vaccination campaign in the rebel-held northwest since a deadly outbreak began last year, amid increased fears of contagion after last month's devastating earthquake.
Health workers were going door to door to inoculate people in homes and displacement camps in the Idlib region, the war-torn country's last main rebel bastion, an AFP correspondent said.
Syria's first cholera outbreak since 2009 has killed at least 26 people in areas outside Syrian regime control since September, according to Idlib health official Zuhair Karrat.
Local authorities have recorded 565 cases of the extremely virulent disease, Karrat added. Across Syria around 85,000 suspected cases have been logged, according to the United Nations.