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Yemen Cholera Toll Up

Yemen Cholera Toll UpYemen Cholera Toll Up

A cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed 51 people since April 27, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, more than double the toll of 25 reported three days ago. There are 2,752 suspected cholera cases and 58 more people have been confirmed as having the diarrheal disease WHO said, Reuters reported. An epidemic late last year faded but outbreaks are frequent and made worse by the degrading of health and sanitation systems by more than two years of civil war that has also killed at least 10,000 people and displaced millions. The capital Sanaa was worst hit, with 34.6% of the cases, followed by the surrounding province with 12%. Nearly 7.6 million people are living in areas at high risk of cholera transmission. Only a few medical facilities are still functioning and two-thirds of the population is without access to safe drinking water.

 

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