Cholera: daily expansion of the disaster in Yemen

Yemen is ravaging the largest known cholera epidemic. More than 500,000 people in Yemen have cholera. Nearly 2,000 have already died as a result, 5,000 are newly infected every day.

Lethal Bacteria
Cholera is called "bile diarrhea".The cause is an infection with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, which devastates especially the small intestine.

Yemen is the poorhouse of Arabia, people are suffering from dictatorship, terror and hunger. Now, cholera is also spreading.(Image: Itan1409 / fotolia.com)

How do humans become infected?
The bacteria are usually transmitted in contaminated water and food.

What are the symptoms?
cholera is characterized by extreme diarrhea and vomiting. Blue spots cover the body. The patients very quickly lose a lot of weight. The body is drying out.

electrolyte loss
The distribution of water is mainly organized by electrolytes. Sodium controls extracellular fluid like blood volume. If the liquid shrinks then the electrolyte system collapses. There is danger to life.

mineral water
Cholera patients need to drink mineral water all the time in order to slow their fluid loss.

Without treatment
Without treatment, 20% to 70% of all patients die.

Humanitarian Disaster
Yemen is the poorhouse of Arabia. Corrupt dictators, Islamist terror and civil war, as well as a war of aggression by Saudi Arabia on the Shiites in Yemen make life hell on earth.

Medical Insufficient
The terror of the Wahhabi Saudis and their Western allies has destroyed more than half of all hospitals in Yemen. Every second person in Yemen lives without any medical care and is helplessly exposed to epidemics.

Plague Without Borders
Nigel Timmins, the head of emergency relief in Yemen says: "In just three months in Yemen, more people have been infected with cholera than in any other country within a year."

The cynical thing is. Cholera is easy to treat. Cholera patients are treated with an oral rehydration solution. This consists of glucose and electrolytes in water.

mortality drops to 1%
Instead of up to 70%, only about 1% of patients die with such treatment. Most of the 2,000 people who died so far would most likely have survived.

No Epidemic of the South
Cholera spreads not by the climate, but by dirty water and catastrophic hygiene. In the Western capital states, the plague has therefore disappeared. The bacteria can be combated, the drinking water is clean, the wastewater cleared.

no problem in the West
vaccines are as standard in Europe as rehydration plus antibiotics.

In Asia and Africa, the pathogen
is rampant. Things are different in many countries in Asia and Africa, in India, Tanzania or Yemen.
drinking water is often contaminated with the cholera pathogen, by faeces it spreads in the river, sea and groundwater. Fish, which catch the locals from the contaminated water, additionally infect humans.

Horror in Yemen
Yemen is more suitable for the spread of cholera and other epidemics than most countries in the world: the majority of people are malnourished and the body's immune system is disturbed.

Worse Than Medieval
There is little medical care and no charitable infrastructure. Due to war and poverty, hygienic conditions are worse than in the European Middle Ages.(Dr. Utz Anhalt)

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