cholera

UN: 3,000 to 5,000 suspected new Yemen cholera cases daily
Samuel McNeil, AP, Jun 3 2017

AMMAN — Cholera is spreading quickly in war-ravaged Yemen, with an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 new cases every day, UNICEF said on Saturday. Just back from a five-day trip to Sanaa, Middle East director Geert Cappelaere said in an interview with AP that 70,000 suspected cases of cholera have been reported in the past month in 19 of Yemen’s 22 governorates. He said the outbreak might spread beyond Yemen, and should perturb all states neighboring Yemen. He said:

Cases could double every two weeks, to 130,000 and then about 300,000, unless more aid is delivered. It is sad today, but we hope the cholera outbreak will the turning point in turning people’s attention to Yemen. Cholera is not going to be stopped by any border. Many patients can’t afford to travel to free clinics. This is the latest horror faced by Yemeni children, alongside growing starvation, militias’ recruitment of kids, and rising child marriages. Yemen is one of the worst places in the world to be a child.

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