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For decades, health officials have understood how to prevent the disease, doctors have known how to treat it and development experts have recognized that with clean water and sanitation, outbreaks rarely become epidemics. Unfortunately, the world is not so simple and neat, and the nightmare of cholera persists.Yet cholera continues to flare up during times of crisis, killing the most vulnerable among us. One of the worst epidemics today is ravaging Yemen, where armed conflict has led to the collapse of health, water and sanitation systems – precisely the conditions under which cholera thrives. Bangladesh knows wartime cholera all too well.Now, new wartime cholera crises have emerged, and Bangladeshi expertise is again being called into service.These desperate and vulnerable people are crowded into refugee camps, and there is a high risk that conditions may lead to a deadly cholera epidemic.Time and again, researchers and health workers in Bangladesh have demonstrated their expertise at containing cholera outbreaks and saving lives.Cholera is back in the global south.
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