Houthi forces declared a state of emergency on Sunday, April 7, after a significant increase in cholera cases was reported in the regions it governs. Yemen's Ministry of Public Health and Population reported that as of Sunday, 327 cholera-related deaths and more than 160,000 cases of infection or suspected infection have been confirmed across the country. Further spread of the outbreak is to be expected over 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 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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