Cholera: A horrible disease returns

In June, more than 1,300 people died of Cholera in Yemen. At the time, the World Health Organization estimated that by the end of August, there would be 300,000 cases of easily preventable disease. Sadly, by the end of August there were more than 500,000 cases of Cholera.

You may be thinking that Cholera had become a disease that most of the world had gotten rid of. So, why is it back? Author John Green discusses the disease’s causes and its outbreak in Yemen. You can watch the video below.

How are health workers managing the rise of Cholera in the midst of a horrible civil war? You can listen to a recent interview with Médecins Sans Frontières head of mission Justin Armstrong here.

As John Green sums up in the above video: “fewer people would be dying if the world were paying more attention.” Call the Government of Canada to pay attention to the word outbreak of Cholera since at least 1949 by signing the e-petition. You can find the petition here.

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