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A 10-week cholera epidemic has now infected more than 300,000 people in Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday, a health disaster on top of war, economic collapse and near-famine in the impoverished country.The World Health Organization said there were 297,438 suspected cases and 1,706 deaths by July 7, but it did not publish a daily update Sunday, when the 300,000 mark was set to be reached.The WHO has said its response, based on a network of rehydration points and the remnants of Yemen's shattered health system, has succeeded in catching the disease early and keeping the death rate from the disease low, at 0.6 percent of cases.Early in the outbreak, the WHO said there could be 300,000 cases within six months, but on June 27 it said the epidemic may have reached the halfway mark at 218,800 cases.
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