Cholera has killed 913 people in Yemen since early 2019

October 22, 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported 913 cholera deaths in Yemen since early 2019 until the end of September.

“696,537 suspected cases of cholera have been detected in Yemen, with 913 deaths reported since the beginning of this year until September 29,”said a UN report

«children under the age of five constitute 25.5 percent, of the total cases of suspected cholera», noting that «305 directorates out of 333 directorates in Yemen, has reported the presence of the epidemic».

The organization pointed out that «there is an expected increase in the coming weeks in cases of suspected cholera, in some provinces due to heavy rains such as Hodeidah (west), Lahj (southwest), Ibb and Dhamar (central), in addition to the capital Sanaa».

Cholera is a disease that causes severe diarrhea that can kill a patient within hours if untreated. Malnourished children under 5 years of age are particularly at risk.

The health sector in Yemen is suffering from a severe deterioration due to the worsening conflict, which has led to epidemics and diseases and the closure of a large number of health facilities.

For the fifth year in a row, Yemen has been at war between pro-government forces and Houthi militants accused of receiving Iranian support and controlling provinces, including the capital Sanaa, since September 2014.

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