"Yemen Records 500,000 Cholera Cases, Nearly 2,000 Deaths: WHO"

"GENEVA - More than half a million people in Yemen have been infected with cholera since the epidemic began four months ago and 1,975 people have died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

Each day there are more than 5,000 new cases of the waterborne disease, which causes acute diarrhoea and dehydration, in the country where the health system has collapsed after more than two years of war, it said.

'The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year hit the half a million mark on Sunday, and nearly 2,000 people have died since the outbreak began to spread rapidly at the end of April,' the WHO said in a statement on Monday."

Stephanie Nebehay reports for Reuters August 14, 2017.

Source: Reuters, 08/15/2017