A cholera outbreak continues to spread in the Maradi region, with at least 605 cases and ten associated deaths reported between January 1 and beginning of August. One of the worst hit areas has been Madarounfa, located near the border with Nigeria.
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.