Cholera kills 9 in Yemen's port city of Aden

Yemen's government announced Sunday (October 23rd) that nine people had died of cholera in the port city of Aden as the infectious disease spread across the country, AFP reported.

Ten other people in the southern port city have been diagnosed with the disease, which is transmitted through contaminated drinking water, the health ministry said.

A ministry statement said 190 cases of severe diarrhea had been admitted to hospitals in Aden, with around 200 cases of cholera reported nationwide.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) previously confirmed 11 cases of cholera in Sanaa, warning that the scarcity of drinkable water has worsened hygienic conditions and fueled a marked increase in cases of severe diarrhea, in particular among the internally displaced in central Yemen.

UNICEF said cholera could prove fatal in up to 15% of untreated cases.

Doctors in Aden said that the WHO and the Emirati Red Crescent have supplied hospitals in the city with medical aid to help treat cholera cases.

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