Cholera’s deadly trail

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SANA’A: Yemen’s cholera out­break is so wide­spread that just drink­ing wa­ter can lead to death.

Nearly 2 000 peo­ple have al­ready suc­cumbed to one of the worst recorded out­breaks of cholera in mod­ern his­tory, with over 400 000 hav­ing con­tracted the disease, ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Cholera, a di­ar­rhoeal disease spread by in­ges­tion of food or wa­ter tainted with hu­man fae­ces, can kill within hours if un­treated.

Yemen’s dev­as­tat­ing civil war and eco­nomic col­lapse has made it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to deal with catas­tro­phes such as cholera and mass hunger. Reuters

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