The Ministry of Public Health and Population of Yemen has recorded a total of 39,688 suspected cholera cases and 183 associated deaths during the period 22 to 27 June 2017. According to a World Health Organization Daily Epidemiology update today, 231,364 suspected cholera cases and 1,439 deaths have been recorded since April 27.
The overall case-fatality rate is 0.6% although it is higher in some areas and among certain age groups. While cholera is endemic in Yemen, the country has experienced a surge in cholera cases during the past two months, with nearly 5000 cases reported per day. Ongoing conflict, destroyed health, water and sanitation infrastructure and malnutrition have caused the people to be more vulnerable to diseases, including cholera.
WHO and health partners are actively supporting the Ministry through a cholera task force to improve cholera response efforts at the national and local levels. This includes the establishment of diarrhea treatment facilities, oral dehydration centres, training of health workers to manage cases, water purification in communities, deployment of rapid response team to manage cholera cases investigations and respond to the outbreak, enhancement of Yemen’s disease early warning surveillance systems, and provision of emergency medical supplies to treatment facilities.
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Thanks for this, outbreaknewstoday folk.
Keeping track of this is critical. With Ebola, the WHO failed miserably. It went along the railway line, and though it was impossible, Burkina Faso claimed no cases. Here, we need to watch very carefully to see if it goes by airliner to other nations, particularly sources of exploited labour and mercenaries and aid workers, to nations with regions in chaos. That your excellent report got no comments till this, says our priorities are bonkers, as a species. Species survival is not either easy or compulsory, and blind stupidity, as with this and nukes, does not help.
This should be the biggest story at present. Please keep at it, and help hammer the WHO to act. I think all airline traffic out of the Gulf states should cease, except for getting people home to proper quarantine stations. Healthy people can be carriers for moths to years, and unlike the Ebola virus, this bacterium does not need warm climates.
Small clay pots, almost any clay with 10 percent chopped straw or grass, made on a home fire, will almost certainly filter out the bacteria. Boil all water. Folk with no medical help need to know. You may publish my email address, which is pdotsdotravenscroftatgmaildotcom, in case anyone wants details
Best, Peter Ravenscroft, Australia.