UN Warns of Potential ‘Third Wave’ of Cholera Epidemic in Yemen

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:01 AM PT — Thurs. August 23, 2018

The United Nations is warning Yemen may suffer a potential “third wave” of the largest-ever recorded outbreak of cholera.

On Wednesday, a spokesman for the UN said more than 1.1 million people have been affected by consuming contaminated food or water since April 2017 and the number is still growing.

FILE – In this July 12, 2017 file photo, a boy rinses a bucket as he and others collect water from a well that is allegedly contaminated with cholera bacteria, on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

More than 385,000 people were provided vaccinations in August, but this may not be enough to stop the epidemic. It has already claimed more than 2,300 lives.

The UN also issued a warning to the warring parties to protect civilians in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

“Access to these services is crucial to prevent another cholera epidemic,” explain UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric. “All parties to the conflict must meet their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.”

Humanitarian organizations are now trying to improve water, hygiene, sanitation and health facilities to keep the epidemic from spreading.


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