91 killed in Yemen’s diphtheria outbreak

13 May, 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that the diphtheria outbreak has killed at least 91 people in war-torn Yemen since late October.

A total of 1,725 suspected cases of diphtheria have been recorded in 20 of Yemen’s 23 provinces, compared to 1,516 suspected diphtheria cases with 84 associated deaths reported on April 3.

Diphtheria, which spreads through sneezing caused by a common cold, has mainly infected children in Yemen.

Also in the day, a UN-backed national campaign for immunizing children against diphtheria was launched.

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