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Yemen: Cholera Kills 115 People in 2 Weeks

Cholera has caused 115 deaths in Yemen in two weeks.  An official of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Sunday that 8,500 suspected cases have been recorded.
“We are now facing a serious cholera crisis,” said Dominik Stillhart, ICRC Director of Operations at a press conference in the capital Sana’a.
Citing a report from the Yemeni Ministry of Health, he added that 115 people died of cholera between 27 April and 13 May.
On Thursday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs confirmed 58 cases of cholera and reported 2,301 suspect cases in 10 provinces.
Dominik Stillhart said the hospitals, still operational in Yemen despite the war, were overwhelmed by a massive influx of patients with symptoms of cholera. “There are as many as four cholera patients in one bed,” he said. “Some patients stay in the garden or even in cars with their intravenous infusion equipment from the window of the vehicle.
Cholera causes severe diarrhea and sometimes fatal dehydration. It is caused by the absorption of water or food products contaminated with the Vibrio bacteria, present in the fecal matter.
Excerpts from Jeune Afrique