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THE CHOLERA HITS YEMEN

Yemen is facing a health catastrophe for the cholera epidemic in a country where health authorities are unable to stop its spread.

 


So far, 186 people have died of cholera and 14,000 cases of symptoms have been reported for the past three weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. Among them, more than 4,500 are located in the capital of Yemen, Sana, controlled by Houthi rebels.

The death rate and the cases of symptoms increase dramatically and experts predict that the epidemic will spread in many areas of the country in the coming months.

Although health authorities and international NGOs warned of the state of health emergency – which was declared two days ago – in the capital, many areas still do not have adequate health services to deal with this spread.

And even, according to Yemeni doctor Yazer Janzal told EFE, tents are being built in the courtyards of hospitals because of the lack of space in the health centers, and also noted that doctors are being forced to lie on the same bed at two patients.

On the other hand, UNICEF said today that children account for a third of cholera cases recorded in the Arab country.

The surge of cholera has reached a country with a health system deeply weakened after two years of conflict between forces loyal to the president, Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi, and the Houthi rebels, which was intensified after the military intervention of the Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, in 2015.

From Cairo, Isaac J. Martin, of the EFE Agency, reported from Cairo.

May 17, 2017, EFE/Practica Español


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El texto habla...
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de una enfermedad que está afectando a la población de Yemen.
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de la mejora sanitaria que hay en Yemen.
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del origen de una enfermedad.
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las autoridades están empezando a controlar la propagación de la epidemia.
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las autoridades han logrado controlar la epidemia de cólera.
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las autoridades no están consiguiendo evitar que se extienda la epidemia.
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Según los datos ofrecidos...
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casi un millón de personas perdieron la vida por esta epidemia en Yemen.
B
se está reduciendo el número de personas que están muriendo por esta enfermedad.
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más de un centenar de personas han muerto por el cólera en Yemen.
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Los expertos creen que la epidemia podría afectar a más zonas del país.
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No se sabe.
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Falso.
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Verdadero.
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La guerra afectó a la calidad del servicio sanitario en el país.
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Verdadero.
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Falso.
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