Yemen's cholera outbreak passes 500000 cases

Cholera killed nearly 2,000 people during the past four months in Yemen says WHO report

Yemen's cholera outbreak passes 500000 cases

As many as 96% of the governorates in the country have been affected by the outbreak.

Since July, nearly 2,000 people have been killed by the waterborne disease, which caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholera, according to the Anadolu Agency.

Yemen is facing one of the worst cholera epidemics in its history.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the number of cholera cases in Yemen had reached 500,000, noting that around 5,000 people are being infected with cholera daily, "and almost 2,000 people have died since the outbreak began to spread rapidly at the end of April".

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Impoverished Yemen has remained in a state of civil war since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa. World Health Organization is working to establish cholera treatment centers and water sanitation stations throughout the country.

Some of those infected by the bacterial disease either exhibit no or slight symptoms. But as many as 10 percent of infected people develop severe illness - vomiting and profuse, watery diarrhea that lead to a rapid loss of body fluids, which, in turn, can induce dehydration, shock and death.

Tedros said saving lives in Yemen means supporting the health system.

In some areas, the spread of the disease has significantly slowed but in affected districts, the transmission continues to increase.

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Millions of the country's residents are now cut off from clean water. The waste collection in major cities across the country has also stopped.

"The spread of cholera has slowed significantly in some areas compared to peak levels but the disease is still spreading fast in more recently affected districts, which are recording large numbers of cases", the World Health Organization in Geneva said. In fact, 30,000 of them have not received their salaries in nearly a year.

"Yemen's health workers are operating in impossible conditions", WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

The Times wrote, "Chaos is so pervasive in Yemen that over 30,000 doctors and nurses there have gone unpaid for more than a year". Wright even blamed the United Kingdom and the USA for sparking the armed conflicts in the Arab nation by giving intelligence and weaponry to Saudi Arabia, saying the two superpower nations are "complicit in the suffering of millions" of Yemenis, Common Dreams reported.

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