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15 Oct 2018 | 09:42 AM UTC

Niger: Cholera outbreak continues in the south /update 5

Niger News Alert

Ongoing cholera outbreak reported along border with Nigeria (south); at least 73 associated deaths reported as of mid-October

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/15/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/22/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Niamey). COUNTRY/REGION Maradi, Dosso region, Niger, Zinder region

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Event

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the cholera outbreak that began in July and is spreading through regions along the Nigerian border has resulted in at least 3745 cases, including 73 fatalities, as of mid-October. The majority of cases were reported in the Maradi region. Confirmed cases have also been reported in the Dosso, Tahoua, and Zinder regions. Authorities have advised residents to take precautions against the disease. 

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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