- Title: More cholera cases registered in Yemen but disease not spreading - WHO
- Date: 11th October 2016
- Summary: SANAA, YEMEN (OCTOBER 11, 2016) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF SABEEN HOSPITAL SIGN READING IN ENGLISH AND ARABIC "SABEEN MATERNITY AND CHILD HOSPITAL" PEOPLE WALKING IN HOSPITAL HALLWAY VARIOUS OF CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM CHOLERA LAYING IN A HOSPITAL BED VARIOUS OF CHILD WITH CHOLERA AT HOSPITAL WITH TEARS ROLLING DOWN HIS FACE VARIOUS OF CHILDREN WITH CHOLERA LAYING IN A HOSPITAL BED WOMAN SITTING NEXT TO HER SON LAYING IN A HOSPITAL BED WITH AN IV IN HIS ARM VARIOUS OF MEDIC GIVING INTRAVENOUS MEDICATION TO GIRL WITH CHOLERA (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED NURSE AT THE SABEEN HOSPITAL, SAYING: "We have treated eight people from one family, including the grandmother, and her daughter who is 28-years-old and her six children including one-year-old triplets and three girls between 6, 7, and 8 years old and they all got sick on the same day." EXTERIOR OF WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (WHO) BUILDING REPORTERS AT WHO NEWS CONFERENCE SIGN READING (In English) "WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION" (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) OMAR SALEH, WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION OFFICIAL, SAYING: "143 cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD), 17 suspected cases of Cholera, and 11 confirmed cases of Cholera." JOURNALISTS JOURNALIST WRITING ON A NOTEPAD (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) OMAR SALEH, WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION OFFICIAL, SAYING: "All the confirmed cases are from the same area, they are all interconnected, there is no spread of the disease so far. All the cases that are from the governorates are cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD)." CAMERAMEN (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) OMAR SALEH, WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION OFFICIAL, SAYING: "In the last week, the ministry of health detected cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea, and these cases were diagnosed as Cholera." JOURNALISTS
- Embargoed: 26th October 2016 13:33
- Keywords: Yemen security conflict cholera hospital patient world health organisation who
- Location: SANAA, YEMEN
- City: SANAA, YEMEN
- Country: Yemen
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA00153K9M4N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: World Health Organisation (WHO) officials said on Tuesday (October 11) that all the confirmed cases of cholera in Yemen are currently from the same area and most were from the same family.
"They are all interconnected, there is no spread of the disease so far. All the cases that are from the governorates are cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD)," said WHO official Omar Saleh.
He added that there are "143 cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD), 17 suspected cases of Cholera, and 11 confirmed cases of Cholera."
A nurse at the Sabeen maternity and children's hospital in Sanaa said eight members of the same family, including one-year-old triplets, were being treated for the disease.
The United Nations first reported the cholera outbreak on Friday (October 7).
There have been no deaths or confirmed cases so far outside of the capital.
The WHO has also taken steps together with its partners on the ground to curb the outbreak, testing water and sanitation in the suspected area and chlorinating water sources.
They have also stocked hospitals with specialty treatment kits in the event there is a spread of the outbreak.
Thousands of families fleeing Yemen's war are living in camps outside Sanaa, where conditions could lead to the spread of cholera, including through contaminated food or water.
Much of the country's infrastructure, including schools and hospitals, has been destroyed by the 18-month old conflict between a Saudi Arabia-led coalition and the Iran-aligned Houthi group which controls much of northern Yemen, including Sanaa.
Saleh said that more than half of Yemen's health centres had ceased to operate since the start of the war after not receiving funds from the health ministry.
The conflict has killed more than 10,000 people so far and displaced millions, the United Nations says.
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