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News Outlets Report On Dengue Outbreak, Food Security In Yemen; U.N. Launches New Aid Appeal

Associated Press/U.S. News & World Report: War-torn Yemen sees outbreak of mosquito-borne dengue fever, thousands infected
“Thousands of people have been diagnosed with dengue fever in southern Yemen, where fighting has raged for months between Shiite rebels and their opponents, international organizations and health officials said Thursday. The top health ministry official in the southern port city of Aden, al-Khadr Al-Aswar, told The Associated Press that at least 5,000 people have been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne virus. He said mountains of uncollected garbage, along with untreated sewage and heat, have contributed to the spread of the disease…” (Al-Haj, 6/18).

The Guardian: U.N. launches fresh Yemen aid appeal as WHO confirms dengue fever outbreak
“The United Nations has launched a renewed appeal for $1.6bn in funds to help civilians in Yemen, as the World Health Organisation confirmed an outbreak of dengue fever in the Arab world’s poorest country, where a growing humanitarian crisis is spiraling out of control and a massive aid pledge by Saudi Arabia has failed to materialize…” (Shaheen, 6/19).

U.N. News Centre: Yemen facing serious food insecurity as conflict deteriorates, new U.N. study finds
“Six million people in Yemen are slipping towards severe hunger and now need emergency food and life-saving assistance, ‘a sharp increase’ from the last quarter of 2014, according to a new joint study by two United Nations organizations…” (6/18).

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