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Yemen Cholera Outbreak Sickens More Than 300,000

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A Yemeni boy fills a jerrycan with safe drinking water from a donated water-tank in the capital Sanaa on July 2, 2017. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 10 Jul 2017 03:25 PM

A 10-week cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen has sickened more than 300,000 there, many of them children.

The International Committee of the Red Cross announced Monday that the unfortunate milestone had been reached. More than 1,600 people have died from the outbreak of cholera, which is treatable with fluids and rest.

In late June when the numbers surpassed 200,000, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak the worst in the world.

The epidemic was racheted up by the government’s decision to stop paying civil employees, NPR reported, including trash collectors and septic workers. Piles of garbage and septic tank backups contaminated wells that provided drinking water for many Yemenis.

The situation worsened even more when heavy rains in April washed more contaminated water into wells. And treatment is scarce, since 30,000 health workers also stopped getting paid to staff hospitals and health centers.

More Yemenis contracted cholera since April than got the disease worldwide in 2015, according to The New York Times.

In the last month, the United Nations has offered “incentive payments” to health workers to get them back to work, and UNICEF delivered 36 tons of medical and water purification supplies to the country, which has slowed the spread of cholera somewhat from its peak, NPR reported.

The UN World Food Program reported that in addition to the cholera outbreak, about 17 million people in Yemen are malnourished and don’t have enough food, NPR said.

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