Cholera cases slow­ing

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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

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