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15 Sep 2018 | 05:52 AM UTC

Niger: Fatal cholera outbreak reported in Maradi as of mid-September /update 3

Niger News Alert

Cholera outbreak leaves at least 55 people dead in Maradi region as of mid-September; further spread of the disease expected in the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/13/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/25/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Niamey). COUNTRY/REGION Maradi

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Event

An ongoing cholera outbreak affecting Niger's Maradi region has left at least 55 people dead as of mid-September, more than double the number of fatalities reported August 15. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), some 2752 cases have been reported since the outbreak began in early July. Further spread of the disease is to be anticipated in the Maradi region over the coming weeks.

Context

Cholera, an infectious disease caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium, 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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