The cholera epidemic in Yemen - How did it start? The role of El Nino conditions followed by regional winds

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Abstract

The largest cholera epidemic of modern times began during the autumn of 2016 in Yemen, under ongoing war conditions. What exactly caused the epidemic to emerge is unclear. It is suggested that a combination of the impact of the strong El Niño of 2015-16 on cholera incidence in Somalia, followed by southwestern winds over the Gulf of Aden throughout the summer of 2016, contributed to the disease spreading through dissemination through dissemination of cholera-contaminated flying insects (chironomids) from the Horn of Africa to Yemen.

Original languageEnglish
Article number108571
Number of pages4
JournalEnvironmental Research
Volume176
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2019

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Keywords

  • Chironomids
  • Cholera epidemic
  • El Nino
  • Regional winds
  • Yemen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Biochemistry

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