Cholera deaths rise to 291 since the beginning of 2019, mostly in March

Cholera deaths rise to 291 since the beginning of 2019, mostly in March


According to the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), a recent statistic of the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Yemen, the number of cases of the disease, whose symptoms include a severe watery diarrhea, reached 147927 people from the beginning of the year until March 28.

The statistics showed a marked increase in the number of cholera cases and deaths in March, amounting to 76152 and 195 deaths.

The capital Sana'a and its countryside (Sana'a province) topped the highest morbidity rate in Yemen, registering 58 deaths.

The central Yemeni province (Ibb) recorded the highest level of mortality nationwide, with 49 deaths, followed by Raima and Dhamar, 32 cases each, then (Taiz) and (Amran) 28 and 25 respectively.

The majority of deaths among older persons over 60 years were 53%, although those in this age group were the lowest and 15% under-5 deaths.

Fears of a third wave of cholera are increasing, especially in conjunction with the rainy season and deteriorating health services in the country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has accounted for 2743 deaths with cholera, out of an estimated 1.4 million since the outbreak of the epidemic in its first and second waves in Yemen from April 2017 to the end of 2018.


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