Cholera outbreak in Yemen kills 34 people, may spiral out of control

An acute outbreak of cholera-related cases in war-torn Yemen has claimed the lives of at least 34 people in the past two weeks with over 2,000 people still sick, WHO has said. Meanwhile, Doctors Without Borders has warned that the outbreak could spiral out of control. “There have been 34 cholera-associated deaths and 2,022 cases of acute watery diarrhea in nine governorates, including Sana’a, during the period of April 27 to May 7,” a World Health Organization (WHO) official told AFP. Cholera, which causes severe dysentery and vomiting, can develop in areas with poor sanitation and is contracted by coming into contact with contaminated water sources. Yemen, described by the UN as the poorest country in the Arab region, has been torn apart by a civil war and continues to bleed from a Saudi-led bombardment. It’s been practically left without adequate infrastructure and health facilities as the conflict rages into its third year…..Read More