Updated 1:17 PM ET, Fri September 29, 2017
‘Unprecedented’ cholera outbreak could reach 1 million in Yemen
By Meera Senthilingam and Puja Bhattacharjee, CNN
(CNN)The number of cholera cases in Yemen could reach 1 million by the end of this year, according to the International Red Cross.
Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness that kills thousands of people worldwide each year. Infections are contracted by consuming food or water contaminated with the fecal bacteria Vibrio cholerae.
Health system at ‘breaking point’
A disease fueled by unrest
The country has reported more than 27,000 suspected cases, with this year’s outbreak appearing to be more severe than those of the past three years, the WHO said in a statement. The organization added that ongoing conflict and unrest have created population displacement and worsened access to safe water, sanitation and basic services.
Prevention in Bangladesh
On Friday, the WHO also announced the release of 900,000 doses of oral cholera vaccine from the global stockpile to prevent the spread of illness among recently arrived vulnerable populations and host communities in the district of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.