Yemen: Acute Watery Diarrhea/Cholera Outbreak - Situation Report #1 (27 April - 9 May 2017)

Situation overview

  • Since 27 April 2017, a second wave of /acute watery diarrhea (AWD)/ cholera outbreak began in several Yemeni governorates, which had seen a decrease in AWD/ cholera cases over the past few months.

  • From 27 April to 9 May 2017, a total of 2,301 suspected cholera/ AWD cases were reported from 10 governorates, including Sana’a (34.6%), Amant Al-Asimah (11.9%), Dhamar (5.8%), Al-Mahweet (9.8%), Ibb (12.2%), AlDhale’a (9.8%), Hajjah (6.7%), Al-Hudaydah (3.3%), Taiz (2%) and Al-Bayda (3.9%) governorates. Out of the total reported cases, 47 deaths were reported.

  • A total of 47 associated deaths have been reported from Al-Mahweet, Dhamar, IBB, Al-Dhale’e Hajjah and Sana’a governorates. The cumulative cholera case fatality rate (CFR) as of 9 May is 2%.

  • As total of 58 cholera cases have been confirmed by laboratory testing.

  • The upsurge of cases comes as the health system and civil infrastructure, including water and sanitation facilities in governorates have been seriously affected due to the ongoing conflict. Recent heavy rains have enabled the spike in cases and have contaminated some water sources with uncollected garbage. In addition, warmer weather is creating a favorable environment for the pathogens that cause diarrheal disease to spread.