Health experts in Yemen are battling to prevent a third wave of the world’s worst ever cholera outbreak as the number of cases of the disease climbs again.
According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) there have been around 185,000 cases of the disease in the country since January, with the numbers rising over the last few months.
In the last week of August there were more than 9,000 cases of the disease, with that number rising to more than 11,000 the following week. Around a third of the cases are in children under the age of five.
The country is currently experiencing the worst ever recorded outbreak of the severe diarrhoeal disease, with more than 1.2 million cases and 2,500 deaths since April 2017. The outbreak began in October 2016, then declined before leading to a second wave in August 2017.
Cholera is an infectious disease transmitted through contaminated food or water. In more than three years of conflict Yemen has seen its already fragile infrastructure repeatedly under attack, with many parts of the country without access to clean water.
In a recent United Nations survey of more than 2,000 respondents across Yemen, more than half (56 per cent) cited water supply damage as the most common form of infrastructure damage.