The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against a significant cholera outbreak in Yemen as the Saudi aggression against its impoverished neighbor enters its twentieth month.
The UN agency made the announcement on Monday, saying the outbreak was linked to two reports over a span of 12 days that showed a double increase from 2,070 suspected cases on November 1, to 4,119 cases by November 13 in 11 provinces across the Arab country.
"The numbers of cholera cases in Yemen continue to increase, sparking concerns of a significant outbreak," the WHO warned in its report.
More than half of all health facilities in Yemen are closed or partially functioning, and there are critical shortages in medical doctors in more than 40 percent of all districts, according to the health organization. Reports indicate that eight people had died in the outbreak and as many as 56 others had lost their lives due to acute diarrhea.
The WHO said the largest cholera caseload was in the southwestern Yemeni provinces of Ta'izz and Aden, adding that 29 "hot" districts and nine other provinces had been affected with the disease, constituting half of the country’s population.
Cholera is transmitted through contaminated drinking water and could prove fatal in up to 15 percent of untreated cases.