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Yemen: Large-scale cholera epidemic feared in war-torn Yemen02:15

Yemen: Large-scale cholera epidemic feared in war-torn Yemen

Yemen, Sanaa
May 23, 2017 at 11:29 GMT -00:00 · Published

Patients received treatment for cholera symptoms at a World Health Organisation camp and hospital in Sanaa, Tuesday, amid fears of a cholera epidemic across conflict-ravaged Yemen.

Yousra Sourai, a doctor at the Azal Medical Center, described the influx of patients diagnosed with cholera and the resulting shortage of equipment. "We were receiving more than 500 cases at the medical complex. We did not know how we could receive these cases, with the shortage of medicine, nurses and doctors," she said.

Dr. Yahya Al-Hamdani, Director of the Azal Medical Center, suggested that the bacteria behind the recent outbreak may have been spread deliberately from the air. "The most important reasons for the aggression are that they have sprayed toxic gases from the air; and hidden forces have worked on the spread of the epidemic," he said.

The Save the Children Charity says it fears a major cholera epidemic in Yemen. The World Health Organisation reports that 332 people have already died in the outbreak, which has left over 32,000 sick. WHO fears that up to 300,000 people could be affected over the next six months.

Yemen: Large-scale cholera epidemic feared in war-torn Yemen02:15
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Patients received treatment for cholera symptoms at a World Health Organisation camp and hospital in Sanaa, Tuesday, amid fears of a cholera epidemic across conflict-ravaged Yemen.

Yousra Sourai, a doctor at the Azal Medical Center, described the influx of patients diagnosed with cholera and the resulting shortage of equipment. "We were receiving more than 500 cases at the medical complex. We did not know how we could receive these cases, with the shortage of medicine, nurses and doctors," she said.

Dr. Yahya Al-Hamdani, Director of the Azal Medical Center, suggested that the bacteria behind the recent outbreak may have been spread deliberately from the air. "The most important reasons for the aggression are that they have sprayed toxic gases from the air; and hidden forces have worked on the spread of the epidemic," he said.

The Save the Children Charity says it fears a major cholera epidemic in Yemen. The World Health Organisation reports that 332 people have already died in the outbreak, which has left over 32,000 sick. WHO fears that up to 300,000 people could be affected over the next six months.

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