From Reuters on December 2nd:
The capital city Sana’a has begun sterilizing its water supply after an increase in cholera cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned back in October that the outbreak has once again picked up with 10,000 suspected cases per week reported. That’s double the rate of suspected cases for the first 8 months of this year.
Since the outbreak began in 2017, there have been 1.2 million cases and 2,515 associated deaths. Cholera has had its biggest impact in Houthi controlled areas such as the capital.
According to ReliefWeb on December 9th, The Ministry of Public Health and Population of Yemen has reported 12 289 suspected cases and 10 associated deaths between November 5th – 11th with 13% of those cases being severe. From January 1st to November 11th, the total number of suspected cases 280 198 with 372 associated deaths. Children under the age of 5 represented 32% of those cases.
This week, the governorates reporting the highest number of suspected cases are Sana’a (1835), Amran (1799), Ibb (1697) Dhamar (1737) and Amanat Al Asimah (1539).
Cholera is endemic in Yemen. The country has experienced a surge in cholera cases since April 2017 due to ongoing conflict, destroyed infrastructure for health, water and sanitation, and malnutrition, which has made the population more vulnerable to various epidemic-prone diseases including cholera.