World Health Organization report: Half-million affected by cholera in Yemen

Cholera cases in Yemen hit half-million mark

Cholera cases in Yemen hit half-million mark

The disease can kill within hours if not treated, the statement said.

Almost 2,000 people have died since the outbreak began at the end of April, the United Nations agency added.

Deteriorating sanitation and hygiene conditions in the war-torn country, as well as chronic disruptions to water supply, have allowed for the rapid spread of disease.

Geneva More than 500,000 people have contracted cholera in Yemen since April, with nearly 2,000 dying, the World Health Organisation said.

"The spread of cholera has slowed significantly in some areas compared to peak levels but the disease is still spreading fast in more recently affected districts, which are recording large numbers of cases", it said, reporting a total of 503,484 cases.

The UN World Health Organisation has blamed a collapsing health system in the country, lack of clean water and a build-up of human waste, which is not being collected in major cities. "Thousands of people are sick, but there are not enough hospitals, not enough medicines, not enough clean water", he added.

The organization says that it is working with its partners around the clock to set up cholera treatment clinics, rehabilitate health facilities, deliver medical supplies, and support the national health response effort. It said the case-fatality rate is 0.4% and that all but one of the country's 23 governorates has been affected.

Those with access to healthcare have a 99% chance of surviving the acute, watery diarrhea said the WHO.

In July, the International Committee for the Red Cross declared that "Yemen's cholera outbreak is a direct effect of a conflict that's brought the health system to its knees".

"And we urge the Yemeni authorities - and all those in the region and elsewhere who can play a role - to find a political solution to this conflict that has already caused so much suffering", Tedros said.

Patel said: "Yemen is on the brink of a catastrophic disaster if the world continues to close its eyes to the urgent help three quarters of people across the country desperately need".

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