Cholera cases slowing
GENEVA: Yemen’s cholera outbreak hit 400 000 cases yesterday, but there are signs the 3-month-old epidemic is slowing, according to World Health Organisation data.
A dramatic fall over the past month in the number of people dying from the disease each day – from about 30 to single figures – suggests the WHO’s strategy of setting up a network of rehydration points to catch patients early is working.
Cholera can kill within hours if untreated, but figures indicate that 99.5% of patients now survive in Yemen, where civil war and economic collapse has left millions on the brink of starvation. Reuters