Yemen cholera outbreak: 1,600 people dead as suspected cases surpass 300,000, says Red Cross

AFP – July, 10 2017

Geneva: A cholera outbreak in Yemen has now surpassed 300,000 suspected cases, the Red Cross said on Monday as the war-torn country reels from disease as well as the threat of famine.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said the cholera epidemic “continues to spiral out of control” since it erupted in April.

“Today, over 300,000 people are suspected to be ill. More than 1,600 have died,” it said in a Twitter post.

ICRC regional director Robert Mardini said about 7,000 new cholera cases were being recorded daily in the capital Sanaa and three other areas.

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