Yemen: Cholera & Diphtheria Response - Emergency Operations Center - Situation Report No. 26 (17 March 2018)
As of 17 March 2018, the local health authorities reported a total of 1,368 suspected diphtheria cases including 76 associated deaths (CFR=5.5%).
The diphtheria outbreak has affected 179 districts from 20 governorates. Ibb and Al Hudaydah governorates are the most affected governorates.
Children (<5 years of age) represent 20 % of probable diphtheria cases and 41% of associated deaths. The most affected age group is 5-15 years old representing 45 % of the cases.
A cumulative total of 6,093 diphtheria contacts have been given preventative antibiotics, 265 during week 11.
The 1st round Diphtheria vaccination Campaign was conducted in 37 out of the 39 priority districts from 10-15 March 2018.
The cumulative total of suspected cholera cases reported since April 2017 to 17 March 2018 is 1,080,422 with 2,266 associated deaths across the country. At governorate level, the trend from W9 -W11 decreased or was stable in all governorates expect for Al Mahweet (+13%).
The overall case fatality ratio is 0.21% and the national attack rate is 386 per 10,000 people. Children (< 5 years of age) represent 28.8% of the total suspected cases.