Cholera: worst epidemics of past decade


The cholera epidemic in Yemen, where it is afflicting one million people according to the International Committee of the Red Cross, ranks among the world’s worst of the past decade.

The World Health Organization warned in November that nearly 2,200 people in war-torn Yemen have so far died from the waterborne disease, which has propagated rapidly due to deteriorating hygiene and sanitation conditions.

The following lists the deadliest outbreaks of the past 10 years:

– Haiti: most virulent outbreak –
The most virulent outbreak in modern times was in Haiti, where some 10,000 people have died and more than one million been infected since the epidemic broke out in October 2010.

The disease was introduced by infected Nepalese UN peacekeepers who were sent there after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake.

200,000 cases were registered in the impoverished Caribbean country in…

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