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09 Sep 2018 | 05:19 PM UTC

Nigeria: Cholera outbreak reported in Borno

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Cholera outbreak reported in Borno state; at least 14 associated deaths reported as of September 6

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/9/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/14/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Borno State, Nigeria

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Event

Nigerian health officials have reported an outbreak of cholera in Borno state. At 14 associated deaths and 380 hospitalizations were reported as of Thursday, September 6. The most affected areas include Magumeri, Chibok, Maiduguri, Konduga, Kaga, Jere, Damboa, and Shani.

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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