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Update on cholera in Yemen

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26 February 2017 – The Ministry of Public Health and Population in Yemen released additional figures for the ongoing outbreak of cholera. Since the last update on 31 January 2017, 1610 new suspected cases of cholera, including 4 deaths have been reported.  

The trend of suspected cholera cases per week appear to be on the decline  in most locations. Nearly 80% of the new cases recorded in the past two weeks were in 13 districts within Al Hudaydah, Dhale, Hajjah and Ta’izz governorates. 

The Health Cluster led by WHO, in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health and Population , UNICEF, OCHA and other nongovernmental organizations, continues to strengthen cholera response activities all over the country. 

Since the start of the outbreak in October 2016, a cumulative total of 20 583 suspected cases of cholera, including 103 associated deaths, have been reported across the country, with a case-fatality rate of 0.5%.  Of these reported cases, Vibrio Cholerae 01 has been laboratory confirmed in 194 stool samples collected so far from 15 governorates. 

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