In Yemen, at least 12 people died due to cholera outbreak

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — At least 12 people died as a result of a cholera outbreak and more than 4,000 were infected, SABA reports, controlled by the Hussite rebels from the Ansar Alla movement, referring to a statement by the head of the health department, Mathar Abbas al-Miruni.

The head of the department told the agency that hospitals and medical centers specializing in the treatment of cholera received more than 15.2 thousand people from the beginning of 2019 to March 12 with suspected cholera.

He noted that laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the disease in 4.2 thousand people.

Al-Mirwani reported that more than 20 hospitals and clinics have prepared departments for the admission of patients with suspected disease and prompt examination and treatment.

The military-political conflict in Yemen between the government and the Hussite rebels from the Shiite Houthi movement has been going on since 2014. Since March 2015, a military coalition of Arab countries, led by Saudi Arabia, has been on the side of the government.

One of the main causes of the disease in Yemen is the lack of hygiene, almost completely destroyed medical infrastructure, as well as nutritional deficiencies.

Cholera is an acute infectious disease characterized by repeated fluid stools and vomiting, leading to dehydration. The incubation period of the disease is from several hours to five days.

The causative agent of cholera enters the human body through the use of infected food and water. Infection can also occur while swimming in ponds and drinking water from open sources of water supply.

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