World Health Organization warns that recent spate of cholera in Yemen is related to a ‘rare’ lunar eclipse

On Tuesday, a partial lunar eclipse was visible around the world. The spectacle was so stunning it was enough to make some people momentarily forget there’s a war going on in Yemen. An image…

World Health Organization warns that recent spate of cholera in Yemen is related to a ‘rare’ lunar eclipse

On Tuesday, a partial lunar eclipse was visible around the world. The spectacle was so stunning it was enough to make some people momentarily forget there’s a war going on in Yemen.

An image of the partial eclipse of the moon by AFP/Getty Images captured by graphic artist Olivier Langlois was picked up by as many as 10,000 Twitter users. In the shot, the sun and moon were perfectly aligned to the right of each other and the edge of the moon was partially eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow.

Like a time machine, the red hue in the picture brought to mind the “rare and arresting image of a red and orange lunar eclipse that mesmerized the public in Yemen last month,” Andy Beckett wrote in the Guardian.

A far more horrific thing, though, occurred just a week ago. According to a fact sheet released by The World Health Organization, the number of recorded cases of cholera “has increased remarkably and is likely to double again,” the agency said in a statement. The odds of suffering cholera during a lunar eclipse are slim, the report states.

According to a fact sheet from the World Health Organization released earlier this week, the number of recorded cases of cholera “has increased remarkably and is likely to double again.”

Read the full story at the New York Times.

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