State of emergency declared in Yemen over cholera spread

State of emergency declared in Yemen over cholera spread

115 people have died of the disease in the past fortnight (stock photo)

Monday, May 15, 2017

A state of emergency has been declared in Yemen after many reported cases of Cholera in the capital Sana'a.

An appeal for international aid has now been launched, according to Le Figaro.

Cholera is usually caused by consuming water which contains bacteria called Vibrio cholerae. It causes severe diarrhea, leading to dehydration and possibly death.

The Houthi-controlled Ministry of Health, set up by Shiite rebels who have seized vast swathes of territory from the Government, claim the current health system in Sana'a can't cope with the amount of people who have the disease.

The administration has said that the number of cases have exceeded the usual average.

The International Committee of the Red Cross stated that in the last two weeks 115 people have died of cholera in Yemen.