Outbreaks updated of cholera in 2019, Yemen

May 20, 2019

Public health Minister and Population of Yemen reported 22,502 suspected the cases of cholera with 25 associated deaths during epidemiological week 17 (21–28 April) of 2019, of which 18% were critical. From 1 January 2018 to 28 April 2019,Yemen noticed 649,910 cases and 1,066 deaths (CFR 0.16%).In 2019, 22.6% of suspected cases are toddlers. The outbreak has affected 22 of 23 governorates and also 290 of 333 districts in Yemen.

An uptick in weekly cases started in week 8 of 2019, peaking at 29500 cases in week 14 and dropping off in the three following weeks. Although it is too early to talk about a downward trend, the drop might be on account of enhanced control efforts such as community involvement and cleaning routines, and scaling up of WHO’s and also partner response by setting up additional DTCs and ORCs.

The governorates showing the highest number of cases this year are Amanat Al Asimah (47587), Sana’a (34234), Al Hudaydah (29462), Ibb (27014), Dhamar (24461) and Arman (23804).

From January 2019, Yemen’s central public health laboratories analyzed 5535 samples and confirmed 2915 as cholera-positive by tradition. Within this confirming period, governorates confirming the highest number of positive civilizations were Amanat Al Asimah (893), Taizz (699) and Sana’a (342).

WHO proceeds to encourage and aid the health authorities and partners approach including with case management, surveillance and laboratory investigations, hotspot mapping, OCV campaign planning, cleaning and also hazard interaction.

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