Yemen cholera outbreak shows signs of slowing — UN attributes the gains to emergency intervention by health workers

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© AFP/File | A Yemeni mother holds her child suspected of being infected with cholera at a makeshift hospital in Sanaa on June 9, 2017

GENEVA (AFP) – A cholera outbreak in Yemen, which has claimed 1,400 lives in two months, shows tentative signs of slowing as fatality rates drop by half, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.Nearly 219,000 suspected cases have been registered since April 27 and more than 1,400 people have died, the UN agency said.

The collapse of Yemen’s infrastructure after more than two years of war between the Saudi-backed government and Shiite rebels who control the capital has made for a “perfect storm for cholera,” the WHO’s senior emergency adviser for Yemen, Ahmed Zouiten, said.

But fatality rates have dropped from 1.7 percent in early May to 0.6 percent now, he added.

He attributed the fall to emergency intervention by health workers.

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