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07 Oct 2018 | 04:29 AM UTC

Nigeria: Cholera outbreak continues in Yobe state /update 2

Nigeria News Alert

Cholera outbreak continues in Yobe state; at least 1319 cases reported as of October 1

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/5/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/12/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Yobe state

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Event

According to Nigerian health officials, an outbreak of cholera has infected at least 1319 people in Yobe state as of October 1. At least 61 fatalities have been confirmed. The most affected areas include Gulani (with 31 percent of reported cases), Gujba (27.8 percent of reported cases), and Damaturu (24 percent of reported cases).

Context

Cholera is typically spread via infected water supplies. It induces acute diarrhea leading to severe dehydration, frequently resulting in death. The risk of death is highest 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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