Ye­men cholera toll rises

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

SANA’A: Cholera in­fec­tion has killed 1 400 peo­ple and in­fected 218 798 oth­ers in war-torn Ye­men in just two months, the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) has said on its of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count, de­scrib­ing it as the largest epi­demic hit­ting a sin­gle Arab coun­try.

The rapidly spread­ing cholera out­break in Ye­men has been “in­creas­ing at an av­er­age of 5 000 a day”, said WHO di­rec­tor-gen­eral Dr Mar­garet Chan and UN Chil­dren’s Fund (Unicef) ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor An­thony Lake in a joint state­ment posted on the WHO web­site.

“We are now fac­ing the worst cholera out­break in the world,” they said.–

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.