Health authorities in Yemen reported 109,000 cases of cholera nationwide between January 1 and March 17, including more than 190 associated deaths. The UN indicates more than one-third of recorded cases affected children aged five years and under. The WHO continues to support Yemeni officials to contain the outbreak and strengthen disease surveillance. Further spread of the disease is to be anticipated in the coming weeks.
Cholera is an infectious disease caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium that can induce acute diarrhea. The risk of death is greatest among people with compromised immune systems such as malnourished children. However, even among healthy adults, cholera can be fatal within a matter of hours.
Individuals planning travel to or in Yemen are strongly advised to receive cholera vaccinations. It is also advised to stock up on food and bottled water, and conserve water as much as possible.
The security environment throughout the country remains complex, and due to poor security conditions, most Western governments strongly advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place, and professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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