Yemen sees jump in suspected cholera cases in 2019: UN

 

The deadly campaign led by the regime in Riyadh against Yemen has in effect exacerbated a health crisis in the impoverished country. The United Nations has announced a rise in suspected cases of cholera since January.

The UN office for humanitarian affairs (OCHA) said on Monday that 108,889 cases were reported between January 1 and March 17, including 190 related deaths.

The OCHA said children under five years of age account for nearly a third of the reported cases.

According to the report, the increase was concentrated in six provinces, including Hudaydah and Sana’a.

Airstrikes conducted by warplanes of the Saudi regime and some of its allies in the coalition against Yemen have brought about considerable damage to Yemen's infrastructure.

Cholera infection first became epidemic in Yemen in October 2016 and spread until December the same year, when it dwindled.

The second outbreak began in the country in April 2017, the worst cholera outbreak in Yemen’s modern history. More than 2,500 people died of the infection within an eight-month period that year.

 

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