Rainy Season Arrives In Yemen As Concerns Over Larger Cholera Outbreak Increase; WHO, Partners Begin Cholera Vaccination Campaign

CIDRAP News: Yemen enters rainy season facing even more cholera
“Yemen will enter its rainy season this month with an ongoing cholera epidemic, and a new study based on the country’s national cholera surveillance system describes how rain, along with multiple confounding factors, helped create the largest cholera outbreak in history and could well trigger another wave of the deadly disease…” (Soucheray, 5/4).

Devex: Cholera in Yemen declining since peak last year, but outbreak still a risk, UNICEF says
“The rainy season has arrived in Yemen, but has not yet brought an uptick of cholera cases with it, according to a top in-country official with the United Nations Children’s Fund. Still, UNICEF and other aid agencies remain concerned that there could be another serious outbreak in the coming months, as the rainy season progresses and health, water, and sanitation systems continue to deteriorate…” (Lieberman, 5/7).

Xinhua News: Anti-cholera campaign kicks off in Yemen amid fears of new outbreak
“The World Health Organization (WHO), in cooperation with Yemeni local health authorities, has launched a wide-scale anti-cholera vaccination campaign in south Yemen, WHO said in a statement Sunday. It said the campaign will last until May 10, and targeted, in its first phase, four districts in Aden city…” (5/7).

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