Health authorities in Yemen reported 236,550 cases of cholera nationwide between January 1 and April 24. The UN indicates more than with 105,300 cases of recorded cases affected children aged 15 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.
Houthi forces declared a state of emergency on April 7 after a significant increase in cholera cases was reported in the regions it governs.
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 seek medical guidance regarding the cholera vaccination. 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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