WHO says diphtheria infected over 1,300 people in Yemen

A Yemeni child receives a diphtheria vaccine at a health center. (AFP)
Updated 17 March 2018
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WHO says diphtheria infected over 1,300 people in Yemen

CAIRO: The World Health Organization says a diphtheria outbreak in war-torn Yemen has spread rapidly nationwide and infected more than 1,300 people.
WHO said in a statement that children and young adults account for almost 80 percent of cases and more than 70 people have died.
Diphtheria, first reported in Yemen in October last year, is a contagious and potentially fatal disease that primarily infects the throat and airways.
WHO said Friday a vaccination campaign targeting 2.7 Yemeni children has been completed in 11 governorates.


Egypt, Sudan seek to bolster ties after years-long tension

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Egypt, Sudan seek to bolster ties after years-long tension

KHARTOUM: The leaders of Egypt and Sudan have agreed to mend their frayed ties following repeated failures to reach a deal over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia, and the revival of a longstanding dispute over a border held by Cairo and claimed by Khartoum.
In a two-day visit to Sudan, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with President Omar Al-Bashir as well as other Sudanese officials. They vowed to set differences aside and bolster relations, in what appears to be Egypt’s latest bid to thaw the frosty relations with its southern neighbor.
The visit was concluded on Friday. El-Sisi said he would visit Sudan again in October.