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Yemen faces new outbreak of dengue fever as humanitarian crisis worsens

CurrentMiddle East

Yemen faces new outbreak of dengue fever as humanitarian crisis worsens

In just October at least 50 Yemenis had died of dengue fever and malaria in the port city of Hodeidah. The number of those infected with dengue was at least 2,000, with at least 3,000 infected with malaria. In the city of Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city, at least 7,970 cases of dengue fever were reported.

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A new outbreak of the deadly dengue fever has taken over Yemen, according to the International Red Cross, with thousands of cases of infection and dozens of deaths. Suffering under one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, Yemen has been at war under the Saudi-led coalition for four years now, and is currently the poorest nation in the Arab world.

Dengue fever is a painful disease caused by mosquito-transmitted viruses. Breeding in stagnant water, these mosquitoes are also the carriers of malaria that is heavily affecting those most vulnerable in Yemen. Cholera, caused by eating food or drinking water that is contaminated by bacteria, is also heavily prominent in some of the worst-affected war zones in Yemen.

The ICRC reported that the severe outbreak and escalation in dengue fever, cholera, and malaria are infecting and killing thousands of Yemeni civilians – due to the shortage of health care services, humanitarian blockaid, and continued fighting it has been almost impossible for those infected to get the required services needed to save their lives.

Robert Mardini, the head of the ICRC’s delegation at the United Nations, stated:

We have been recently extremely worried and concerned by reports of dengue outbreak in addition to cholera…with the violence and fighting, it is a big challenge to control this epidemic.”

In just October at least 50 Yemenis had died of dengue fever and malaria in the port city of Hodeidah. The number of those infected with dengue was at least 2,000, with at least 3,000 infected with malaria. In the city of Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city, at least 7,970 cases of dengue fever were reported.

In addition to dengue fever and malaria, cholera has been another horrifying epidemic in Yemen – with more than 56,000 cases reported between January and September of this year. As the humanitarian crises worsens, many have pointed towards the brutal Saudi-led campaign against the Houthi rebels in Yemen as the main source of suffering for the civilians caught in the crossfire.

Since the beginning of the war in 2015, which saw Saudi Arabia aiding those in support of President Hadi against the Houthi rebels, more than 12,000 civilians have been killed in Yemen. Saudi Arabia is said to be directly responsible for two-thirds of those deaths. In total, more than 100,000 people have been killed during this brutal war.

Now projected to become the poorest nation in the world, Yemen has currently 14 million people at severe risk of starvation and death due to the continued fighting and war. With almost 80% of the entire population living under the poverty line, the situation in Yemen is only intensifying – made worse by the continued bombardment of the Saudi-led coalition and Western fuelled arms sales.

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In just October at least 50 Yemenis had died of dengue fever and malaria in the port city of Hodeidah. The number of those infected with dengue was at least 2,000, with at least 3,000 infected with malaria. In the city of Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city, at least 7,970 cases of dengue fever were reported.

A new outbreak of the deadly dengue fever has taken over Yemen, according to the International Red Cross, with thousands of cases of infection and dozens of deaths. Suffering under one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, Yemen has been at war under the Saudi-led coalition for four years now, and is currently the poorest nation in the Arab world.

Dengue fever is a painful disease caused by mosquito-transmitted viruses. Breeding in stagnant water, these mosquitoes are also the carriers of malaria that is heavily affecting those most vulnerable in Yemen. Cholera, caused by eating food or drinking water that is contaminated by bacteria, is also heavily prominent in some of the worst-affected war zones in Yemen.

The ICRC reported that the severe outbreak and escalation in dengue fever, cholera, and malaria are infecting and killing thousands of Yemeni civilians – due to the shortage of health care services, humanitarian blockaid, and continued fighting it has been almost impossible for those infected to get the required services needed to save their lives.

Robert Mardini, the head of the ICRC’s delegation at the United Nations, stated:

We have been recently extremely worried and concerned by reports of dengue outbreak in addition to cholera…with the violence and fighting, it is a big challenge to control this epidemic.”

In just October at least 50 Yemenis had died of dengue fever and malaria in the port city of Hodeidah. The number of those infected with dengue was at least 2,000, with at least 3,000 infected with malaria. In the city of Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city, at least 7,970 cases of dengue fever were reported.

In addition to dengue fever and malaria, cholera has been another horrifying epidemic in Yemen – with more than 56,000 cases reported between January and September of this year. As the humanitarian crises worsens, many have pointed towards the brutal Saudi-led campaign against the Houthi rebels in Yemen as the main source of suffering for the civilians caught in the crossfire.

Since the beginning of the war in 2015, which saw Saudi Arabia aiding those in support of President Hadi against the Houthi rebels, more than 12,000 civilians have been killed in Yemen. Saudi Arabia is said to be directly responsible for two-thirds of those deaths. In total, more than 100,000 people have been killed during this brutal war.

Now projected to become the poorest nation in the world, Yemen has currently 14 million people at severe risk of starvation and death due to the continued fighting and war. With almost 80% of the entire population living under the poverty line, the situation in Yemen is only intensifying – made worse by the continued bombardment of the Saudi-led coalition and Western fuelled arms sales.

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The Muslim Vibe is a non-profit media platform aiming to inspire, inform and empower Muslims like you. Our goal is to provide a space for young Muslims to learn about their faith as well as news stories affecting them, so we can reclaim the Muslim narrative from the mainstream.

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