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Yemen cholera cases 'pass 200000'

Yemen cholera cases 'pass 200000' Yemen cholera cases 'pass 200000'
Melinda Barton | 25 June, 2017, 04:10

On 12 May 2017 at the Sab'een Hospital in Sana'a, Yemen, a child with severe diarrhoea or cholera receives treatment.

Cholera cases continue to rise in Yemen, as medical experts say the disease in war-torn country could reach up to 300,000 by the end of August.

"Probably at the end of August we will reach 300,000" cases, United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) spokeswoman Meritxell Relano told reporters in Geneva during a conference call. Despite the dilapidation of local infrastructure, UNICEF representative Meritxell Relano said aide groups are reducing the number of cases in some regions of the country.

The representative added that all of the 21 governorates in Yemen are infected, with children accounting for almost half of the cases.

Since the outbreak was declared in April, an estimated 1,265 people have died, she said.

"Saudi Arabia is committed to working closely with our aid partners to effectively address the cholera and general humanitarian situation in Yemen", said Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, adviser at the royal court and general supervisor of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

Relano said now of the 192,983 patients, 1,265 have died - a quarter of which were children - indicating that the mortality rate is still maintained at less than one per cent, Efe news reported.

Although the disease is easily treatable, doing so in conflict-torn Yemen has proved particularly hard.

Cholera is a highly contagious bacterial infection spread through contaminated food or water.

The war has left 18.8 million of Yemen's 28 million people needing humanitarian assistance and nearly seven million on the brink of starvation.

Two years of fighting between government forces and the rebel Houthi movement have compounded the health crisis in Yemen.

The fight in the country has displaced over 3 million people and has killed more than 10,000.