• Lexi Ponder

Cholera outbreak reaches new height in Yemen

The Middle Eastern nation of Yemen has recently reached a disturbing number of 500,000 cases of cholera. Cholera is a bacterial disease that is spread through contaminated water, and occasionally food, which causes severe diarrhea and dehydration.

Cholera began to make an appearance in Yemen at the end of April 2017. However, Sunday, August 13, 2017, was the day the cholera count increased to 500,000 cases of citizens who were infected.

According to the World Health Organization, “The overall caseload nationwide has declined since early July, particularly in the worst affected areas. But suspected cases of the deadly waterborne disease continued to rage across the country, infecting an estimated 5000 per day.”

Since the end of April, at the least 1,975 citizens have died. The BBC reported that “More than a quarter of those who have died and 41% of those who have been infected have been children, according to the UN Office of Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.”

With more cases continuing to show up, the Organization has been working with partner to help “set up cholera treatment clinics, rehabilitate health facilities, deliver medical supplies, and support the national health response effort.”

With uncertainty as to why cholera has been spreading rapidly in Yemen, the BBC reported that “More than 14 million people are cut off from regular access to clean water and sanitation in Yemen, and waste collection has ceased in major cities.”

It’s been shown that more than 99% of people infected with cholera who have access to healthcare will survive, but almost 15 million citizens in Yemen are not able to obtain healthcare, according to the Organization.