WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

U.N. suspects three new typhoid cases in Syria

U.N. suspects three new typhoid cases in Syria. | Courtesy of biothreatsmitre.org
Health workers with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) recently confirmed that it has detected three new suspected typhoid cases located Yalda, a southern town in Syria.

“Our health teams in Syria are finding increasing evidence of a typhoid outbreak among civilians from Yarmouk, in Damascus,” UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness said. “Today, we saw 320 patients and among them were three suspected cases of typhoid. This brings the total figure of suspected cases to 90. That is 90 too many.”

UNRWA has offered important healthcare to civilians who have been displaced from Yarmouk camp. At Yarmouk, Palestinian refugees have experienced continued threats due to the region’s conflict.

The typhoid cases are attributed to high summer temperatures as well as regular interruptions in both food and water supplies. Communicable illness is one of the highest risks for the civilians at the camp.

“The vulnerability of civilians in Yarmouk remains of the highest severity,” Gunness said. “UNRWA is deeply concerned that without access, the most basic humanitarian needs of Palestinian and Syrian civilians, including many children, continue to be left unmet.”

UNRWA has used this opportunity to appeal for more support from its donors; just 34 percent of the funds needed for the 2015 Syria Crisis Appeal has been contributed to the cause. Over 95 percent of the Palestinian refugees depend on these funds from the U.N. for their water, food and healthcare.

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