Sharon Kleyne Calls Attention To Yemen Cholera Outbreak

Cholera in Yemen Is Out of Control Says Sharon Kleyne. Water Researcher Sharon Kleyne Says Cholera in Yemen Must Be Stopped.

Sharon Kleyne has earned international respect over the last two-plus decades as a researcher and educator specializing in water, new water technology and the process of evaporation. Scientists, researchers and educators all over the world look to Kleyne for insights regarding the evaporation of the body’s water vapor, evaporation of the atmosphere’s water vapor and efforts to curtail the spread of dry eye disease and blindness. Kleyne is also always on top of world water crises when they materialize and so she is keenly interested in the latest crisis in Yemen, a war-ravaged country in which the ongoing conflict has touched off a cholera epidemic of frightening proportions.

Sharing information from WebMD, Kleyne would like everyone to be aware of the fact that cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe diarrhea. This condition can swiftly lead to dehydration and death if not promptly treated. Cholera is caused by drinking water or eating food that is contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholera. Common contaminated sources include municipal water supplies, raw and undercooked fish and seafood caught in waters tainted by sewage, veggies grown with water containing human waste, foods and drinks served by street vendors and ice made from public waters.

Host of the nationally syndicated The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, Kleyne talks about the need to supplement the body’s evaporating water vapor with fresh water. According to Kleyne, It’s a matter of life and death to supplement the skin and the internal organs with water.

Cholera symptoms, Kleyne knows, can come on fast, or they may appear as many as five days after exposure. Even if infected people have minimal symptoms, they can still spread the disease to others. Signs of dehydration due to excessive evaporation include loss of skin elasticity, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, dry mucous membranes, thirst and muscle cramps. Kleyne points out that there is a vaccine for cholera, but it is not recommended by the CDC and World Health Organization. It is not recommended because it may not protect up to half of the people who use it. Also, the vaccine remains useful for only a couple of months. Your safest path, Kleyne believes, is to drink bottled water, water that is chemically disinfected or boiled for three minutes.

In Yemen, the United Nations has declared that people face the ‘world’s worst cholera outbreak’. Up to date estimates suggest that more than 1,700 people have died since late April from the contagious bacterial infection, which can kill within a few hours. In Yemen, there are 320,000 suspected cases of cholera; on average, according to the news agency, Al Jazeera, 5,000 new cases of cholera come up each day. The UN blames the outbreak on the ongoing hostilities that have, in two years, killed more than 10,000 people, wounded thousands and displaced millions. “Something must be done to help the people of Yemen,” says Kleyne, “and it must be done soon.”

If you contract a severe case of cholera, Kleyne recommends seeing a doctor and starting a regimen of intravenous fluids and antibiotics. The antibiotics are additionally useful in restricting the spread of the disease; the intravenous fluids and water will replenish the fluids you’ve lost.


Have you ever had cholera? Would you like to share your thoughts on cholera and Yemen? If you have comments or stories you’d like to share, we’d like very much to hear from you! You can reach us in the following ways. 800-367-6478 ~ Fax 541-474-2123 or on Twitter at @sharonkleynehr


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