Cholera outbreak kills 30 in Nigeria

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  • Friday, 14 Jun 2024

ABUJA, June 13 (Xinhua) -- At least 30 deaths have been reported so far this year in the cholera outbreak in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, public health authorities said Thursday.

A total of 65 confirmed cases out of 1,141 suspected cases of cholera have been reported across 96 local government areas in 30 states from the onset in January, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) said in a statement, issuing an alert to the public on the increasing trend of cases as the rainy season intensifies.

Cholera is a highly virulent disease characterized in its most severe form by a sudden onset of acute watery diarrhea that can lead to death by severe dehydration.

Ten out of Nigeria's 36 states have so far contributed 90 percent of the total number of suspected cases, the NCDC said, noting the southwestern state of Lagos had reported at least five deaths and dozens hospitalized in the past three days.

Leading a multi-sectoral National Cholera Technical Working Group, the NCDC urged state authorities to step up their cholera preparedness and response plan and build capacities to manage emergencies.

The cholera outbreak is frequently reported in Nigeria due to the lack of potable water supply, especially in densely populated areas.

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