The number of cholera cases reported in Yemen has grown by 16,000 since our last report as the World Health Organization (WHO) puts the number of suspected cholera cases at 140,116  from Apr. 27 through June 14.


The death toll in the past seven weeks is nearly 1,000 (989) and cases have been reported in 87 percent (20/23) of Yemen governorates, and 83 percent (278/333) of the districts.

The four most affected governorates were Amanat Al Asimah, Al Hudaydah, Amran and Hajjah with 49.5 percent (69,306/140,116) of the cases reported since Apr. 27.

Cholera is an acute enteric infection caused by the ingestion of bacterium Vibrio cholerae present in fecally contaminated water or food. Primarily linked to insufficient access to safe water and proper sanitation, its impact can be even more dramatic in areas where basic environmental infrastructures are disrupted or have been destroyed. Countries facing complex emergencies are particularly vulnerable to cholera outbreaks.