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23 Sep 2018 | 05:29 PM UTC

Nigeria: Cholera outbreak continues in northeastern states /update 1

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Cholera outbreak continues in northeastern states; at least 61 associated deaths reported as of September 21

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/23/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/30/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Borno State, Nigeria

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According to Nigerian health officials, an outbreak of cholera has continued in northeastern states. At least 906 cases, including 61 fatalities, have been reported as of Friday, September 21. In addition, an estimated 50 people are currently being hospitalized for the disease. The most affected areas include Magumeri, Chibok, Maiduguri, Konduga, Kaga, Jere, Damboa, and Shani


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. 


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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