A Devastating World Record

In just a few days, Yemen’s cholera epidemic will break Haiti’s dire record.
 
The WHO’s latest count put Yemen’s death toll at 2,134, with 777,229 suspected cases in an epidemic that started only 6 months ago. Haiti has counted 815,000 since 2010.
 
Spread through fecal bacteria in water, cholera is moving at record speed thanks to devastation of hospitals and sanitation systems brought on by 2 ½ years of civil war.
 
More than 1/2 of the afflicted are under 18 and 26% are under 5, but dangerous conditions have halted distribution of a vaccine.
 
Foreign Policy

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