According to health officials in Niger, an outbreak of cholera that began in July has spread in regions along the Nigerian border. At least 3400 cases, including 67 fatalities, have been reported nationwide as of late September. The majority of cases, including 55 of the 67 fatal cases, were located in Maradi region. However, confirmed cases have also been reported in Dosso, Tahoua, and Zinder regions. Authorities have advised residents to take precautions against the disease.
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.
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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