Cholera epi­demic

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

MORE than two years of heavy con­flict in Ye­men has re­sulted in the world’s worst cholera out­break which has killed over 1 300 peo­ple and in­fected more than 200 000, the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion and the UN Chil­dren’s Fund said on Satur­day.

The out­break is a con­se­quence of con­flict which started in March 2015 and has de­stroyed health, wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion sys­tems, cut­ting off 14.5 mil­lion peo­ple from reg­u­lar ac­cess to clean wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion and in­creas­ing the abil­ity of the dis­ease to spread. Ris­ing mal­nu­tri­tion has also weak­ened chil­dren’s health and made them more vul­ner­a­ble to the dis­ease.

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