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In Yemen, World’s worst cholera outbreak traced to eastern Africa

LONDON: Scientists have found that a strain of cholera causing an epidemic in Yemen – the worst in recorded history – came from eastern Africa and was probably borne into Yemen by migrants. Using genomic sequencing techniques, researchers at Britain’s Wellcome Sanger Institute and France’s Institut Pasteur also said they should now be better able to estimate the risk of future cholera outbreaks in regions like Yemen, giving health authorities more time to intervene. “Knowing how cholera moves globally gives us the…

Passengers hospitalised after suspected cholera case on Algeria-France flight

TOULOUSE: French authorities evacuated 141 passengers and crew from a flight arriving in the French city of Perpignan from Algeria on Wednesday after a child on board was suspected of being infected with cholera, the fire brigade said. The eight-year-old child was taken to hospital for checks after suffering bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea during the flight, a fire brigade official said. A police source said the child’s mother and several passengers sitting near them were also hospitalised. Another child remained on…

Mass cholera vaccinations begin in Rohingya camps

THANKALI, BANGLADESH: The United Nations launched one of its biggest ever cholera vaccination drives in the vast refugee camps of southeast Bangladesh Tuesday amid fears of an outbreak among nearly a million Rohingya now living there. Thousands of Rohingya men and women lined up in intense heat at makeshift health centres on Tuesday, many with young children in their arms, to receive the oral vaccine against the disease. The UN is working with the Bangladesh government to vaccinate 650,000 people living in the…

Yemen cholera toll nears 1,000 as ‘humanity loses out to politics’

AMMAN, JORDAN: The death toll from a cholera outbreak is approaching 1,000 in Yemen, a war-devastated and impoverished country where "humanity is losing out to politics", a senior UN official said Thursday. "Time is running out to save people who are being killed or being starved and now you have cholera as well adding to that complication," said Jamie McGoldrick, UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen. "We are struggling because of the lack of resources. We need some action immediately," he said at a press briefing in…

Zimbabwe bans street food over typhoid, cholera fears

HARARE: Zimbabwe has banned street food vendors in the capital Harare after a typhoid outbreak blamed on poor sanitation and erratic water supplies. Portia Managazira, director for epidemiology and disease control in the health ministry, told AFP there had been more than 2,300 suspected cases of typhoid nationally in the last year, and 12 deaths. "The cases were mostly from Harare... We are still in emergency response mode and we are doing everything possible to get the situation under control," she said. Harare has…

After Hurricane Matthew, Haiti confronts cholera outbreak

HAITI: Nearly a week after being devastated by a hurricane, Haiti is confronted with a growing cholera outbreak threatening to turn its disaster even more deadly. On the peninsula that forms the southern part of the country, which Hurricane Matthew shredded on Tuesday, the number of cholera cases detected is rising. With it come fears of a new epidemic of a disease after an outbreak in 2010 blamed on United Nations peacekeepers that has already killed more than 10,000 people, with some 500 new cases reported each week. On…