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Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2018 Jun;98(6):1558-1562. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.17-0811. Epub 2018 Mar 15.

Yemen in a Time of Cholera: Current Situation and Challenges.

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1
Medical Research Center, Jazan University, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
2
Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sana'a University, Sana'a, Yemen.

Abstract

Since early 2015, Yemen has been in the throes of a grueling civil war, which has devastated the health system and public services, and created one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters. The country is currently facing a cholera epidemic the world's largest on record, surpassing one million (1,061,548) suspected cases, with 2,373 related deaths since October 2016. Cases were first confirmed in Sana'a city and then spread to almost all governorates except Socotra Island. Continued efforts are being made by the World Health Organization and international partners to contain the epidemic through improving water, sanitation and hygiene, setting up diarrhea treatment centers, and improving the population's awareness about the disease. The provision of clean water and adequate sanitation is imperative as an effective long-term solution to prevent the further spread of this epidemic. Cholera vaccination campaigns should also be conducted as a preventive measure.

PMID:
29557331
PMCID:
PMC6086153
[Available on 2019-06-01]
DOI:
10.4269/ajtmh.17-0811

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