SANAA, Yemen- The World Health Organisation (WHO), said on Tuesday, that, a diphtheria outbreak has killed at least 84 people, in war-torn Yemen, since late Oct.

WHO's media coordinator, Sadiq al-Wosabi, told Xinhua by phone that, 1,516 suspected cases of diphtheria have been recorded, in 20 of Yemen's 23 provinces.

Diphtheria, which spreads through sneezing, caused by a common cold, has mainly infected children in Yemen.

According to a WHO recent statement, the provinces of Ibb and Hodeidah were the hardest hit by diphtheria.

In Mar, WHO, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and Yemen's health authorities, launched a large-scale vaccination campaign across the country, to combat the disease.

The impoverished Arab country has been locked into a civil war, since Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels overran much of the country militarily, and seized all northern provinces, including the capital, Sanaa, in 2014.

Saudi Arabia has been leading an Arab military intervention coalition in Yemen, since 2015, to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, after Houthi rebels forced him into exile.

The UN has listed Yemen as the world's most serious humanitarian crisis, where seven million Yemenis are on the brink of famine, and cholera has caused more than 2,000 deaths.


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