WHO says diphtheria infected over 1,300 people in Yemen

CAIRO — The World Health Organization says a diphtheria outbreak in war-torn Yemen has spread rapidly nationwide and infected more than 1,300 people.

WHO said in a statement that children and young adults account for almost 80 percent of cases and more than 70 people have died.

Diphtheria, first reported in Yemen in October last year, is a contagious and potentially fatal disease that primarily infects the throat and airways.

WHO said Friday a vaccination campaign targeting 2.7 million Yemeni children has been completed in 11 governorates.

Yemen has been engulfed in a civil war pitting a Saudi-led coalition backing an internationally recognized government against Iran-backed Shiite rebels since March 2015.

The near three-year stalemated war has damaged Yemen's infrastructure, crippled the health system and pushed it to the brink of famine.

Peaple also read these

Egypt approves law to govern popular ride-hailing...

May 7, 2018

Egypt's parliament has approved a law to govern popular ride-hailing apps Uber and Careem after the...

Archaeologists in Egypt discover mummification...

Jul 14, 2018

Archaeologists say they have discovered a mummification workshop dating back some 2,500 years at an...

Ethiopia, Eritrea leaders to meet 'soon' in...

Jun 28, 2018

Ethiopia, Eritrea leaders to meet 'soon' amid surprising diplomatic thaw: Foreign minister

Desperate herders lose animals, hope amid drought...

Mar 3, 2017

Desperate herders lose animals, hope amid drought in Kenya as region faces famine risk

Kenya's deadly land invasions blamed on political...

Aug 6, 2017

Kenya's deadly land invasions blamed on political incitement as tense elections approach

About Us

Delivering news from all over the globe, StarJournal keeps you abreast with the greatest minds in science, be it researchers, theorists or even popularizers.

Contact us: sales[at]starjournals.com

Subscribe Now!