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War-Torn Yemen’s Diphtheria Outbreak Sign Of Nearly Collapsed Health System; More Than 1.3K Infected

Al Jazeera: Yemen: Diphtheria outbreak ‘symptoms of collapsed health system’
“…These facilities here are basic. Yemen’s health system has nearly collapsed after three years of war. Most health workers have not been paid this year. Barely 50 percent of all health facilities are functioning…” (Hoexter, 3/18).

Associated Press: WHO says diphtheria infected over 1,300 people in Yemen
“The World Health Organization says a diphtheria outbreak in war-torn Yemen has spread rapidly nationwide and infected more than 1,300 people. WHO said in a statement that children and young adults account for almost 80 percent of cases and more than 70 people have died…” (3/17).

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