From Voice of America News:
After reaching over 1 million cases of cholera and more than 2,000 deaths, Yemen’s cholera epidemic had been in a decline for the past 20 weeks. But now World Health Organization officials are warning that cases could start to rise again with the upcoming rainy season.
WHO Deputy Director General for Emergency Preparedness and Response Peter Salama:
“Usually cholera cases increase corresponding to those rainy seasons. So we expect one surge in April, and another potential surge in August.”
Salama said the country had also had an outbreak of diphtheria, a vaccine-preventable disease that usually affects children and which has largely been eliminated in developed countries.
Both cholera and diphtheria outbreaks are a product of the damage to the health system in the country, he said, adding that less than half of Yemen’s health facilities are fully functioning.
“We’re very concerned we’re going to go from a failing health system to a failed one that’s going to spawn more infectious diseases and more suffering,” Salama said.