The United Nations said that the number of cases of measles in Yemen has risen to more than 9,000, resulting in the death of dozens of children since the beginning of 2023.
According to a report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Yemen, since the beginning of this year, measles cases have risen to 9,418, claiming the lives of 77 children. Polio, diphtheria and pertussis are also on the rise, raising the number of deaths as well.
Yemen recorded more than 22 thousand measles infections last year, including 161 deaths, the report noted, warning of an unusually high mortality rate, especially as malnutrition rates continue to increase.
The report added that 228 children have been paralyzed since 2021 by the ongoing polio outbreak.
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