WHO: Cholera death toll rises to 471 in Yemen



The World Health Organization (WHO) says the death toll of a cholera epidemic in Yemen has passed 470, as the impoverished Arab country continues to be targeted by military aggression launched by its northern neighbor, Saudi Arabia.

According to the latest figures released by the United Nations health agency on Monday, at least 471 people have lost their lives after contracting the acute intestinal infection.

WHO's latest bulletin, which has covered the period from April 27, however, added that there was a "significant decrease" in the average number of positive cases recorded on a daily basis in the week up to May 27 compared to the previous seven-day period.

"The average daily number of cases recorded between May 21-27 was 2,529 - down from 3,025 in the previous seven days," it said.

Caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, cholera infection first became epidemic last October and spread until December, when it dwindled, but only to worryingly resurface again at the end of April.



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