Yemen faces world's worst cholera outbreak

7 July 2017

Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world, the United Nations has warned.

A statement by Unicef and the World Health Organization confirms that the number of suspected cholera cases in the war-torn country has now exceeded 200,000. So far more than 1,300 people have died - one quarter of them children - with the death toll expected to rise.

The two UN agencies say they are doing everything they can to stop the outbreak from accelerating. In just two months, cholera has spread to almost every governorate of this war-torn country with an estimated 5,000 new cases every day.

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