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Cholera kills 20 in northern Nigeria

/ 04:24 PM May 26, 2021

KANO — A cholera outbreak in northern Nigeria has killed at least 20 people in the past two weeks with more than 300 hospitalized from the disease, a health official said Tuesday.

Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, suffers from a high rate of water-borne diseases as a result of dilapidated infrastructure and under-investment.

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The latest outbreak in Bauchi state was reported in nine districts, with the state capital Bauchi worst hit, Mohammed Maigoro, state health commissioner told reporters.

“So far we have recorded 20 deaths and 322 cases from the cholera outbreak in nine local government areas in the past two weeks,” Maigoro said.

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“The Bauchi metropolis has been worst affected, accounting for half of the fatalities and 147 out of the 322 reported cases.”

Maigoro said cases were on the increase and the government has asked all the 20 districts in the state to activate their emergency response teams and open cholera quarantine centers.

Health personnel and drugs were sent to the affected areas while public sensitization campaigns on water sanitation and personal hygiene have been intensified, he said.

Cholera is a water-borne bacterial infection that affects the intestinal track and is characterized by vomiting, watery stool, dehydration and fatigue.

It can be transmitted by flies when they come in contact with food and can be fatal if not treated in time.

Eight states in Nigeria have reported suspected cholera cases this year according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC): Benue, Delta, Zamfara, Gombe, Bayelsa, Kogi, Sokoto and Nasarawa.

A total of 1,746 suspected cases including 50 deaths have been reported in those states since January, with more than half of confirmed cases affecting children between the age of 5 and 14.

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