Conflict Breeds Disease

Amid Yemen’s escalating violence and humanitarian crisis, the WHO has confirmed an outbreak of dengue fever in several parts of the country—with more than 3,000 suspected cases and at least 3 deaths.

The cases are likely to rise due to the collapsing water, sanitation and health systems, according to the latest report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Officials warn that the cases could be much higher.

Approximately 21 million in the country require humanitarian assistance, and 42,210 people have fled Yemen since the escalation of conflict in March, mainly to Djibouti and Somalia.

OCHA via ReliefWeb

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