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29 Jul 2018 | 07:30 AM UTC

Niger: Cholera outbreak in Maradi

Niger News Alert

Cholera outbreak reported in Maradi; at least 123 cases reported as of mid-July

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/23/2018, 12:00 AM until 8/4/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Niamey). COUNTRY/REGION Maradi

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Event

Health officials have reported an outbreak of cholera in the Maradi region with at least 123 cases and four associated deaths reported between January 1 and mid-July. The most affected areas include Madarounfa, located near the border with Nigeria.

Context

Cholera is typically spread via infected water supplies and induces acute diarrhea leading to severe dehydration, frequently resulting in death. The risk of death is greatest among people with compromised immune systems, such as malnourished children or those living with HIV. However, even among healthy adults, cholera can be fatal within a matter of hours. 

Advice

To reduce the risk of contracting cholera, wash hands regularly, drink only bottled or purified water, and avoid eating raw or undercooked foods. Individuals who believe they may have contracted cholera should seek immediate medical attention. 

 

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