Cholera in Yemen: The Facts

Cholera in Yemen: The Facts

Inspired by John Green’s Video on the Subject.


The Civil War in Yemen Has Created Other Issues 


War-torn Yemen is going through a medical crisis as a result of the civil war.  As of August 14th, 2017, there have been 500,000 cases of Cholera throughout the country.  2000 people have died as a result of the spread, according to WHO (World Health Organization).  The disease’s outbreak has only been going on since April of this year.


While the spread of the disease has been slowing in some parts of the county, in more recently affected areas the disease is still spreading fast.


What is Cholera?


Cholera is a bacteria-based disease that is often spread due to a lack of clean water.  The bacterium that causes Cholera, Vibrio cholerae, causes severe diarrhea and/or vomiting to the victim, which can — and often does — lead to extreme dehydration.  A lack of hydration when untreated can then cause death.


But Cholera is more than a health issue — Cholera is actually very preventable.  Again, the cause of most cases of Cholera is a lack of clean water.  So prevention includes having access to clean water, cleaning your food with this clean water, and not eating from public places that have quite clearly not passed a health inspection.


Cholera was prevalent in places such as the US and England until modern water and sewage treatments had been introduced.


However, because of Yemen’s civil war, clean water is becoming increasingly harder to find, making Cholera political issue in Yemen.


Other Problems that Keep Cholera Alive in Yemen


Unfortunately, the issue doesn’t just end with a lack of clean water.  30,000 doctors and nurses trying to take care of the issue have gone unpaid for over a year now.  Though many of them continue to work despite their lack of wages, this of course, makes things much harder.  Without getting paid, they will not be able to continue to help for much longer.


With that said, when patients can get treatment from this Cholera outbreak, they make it out alive.  As the war rages on, however, we will most likely see more cases of Cholera and death from it in the upcoming months.  Not to mention, any other diseases and illness that may spread due to a lack of paid doctors and no clean resources.

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