Cholera – Nigeria

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At least 31 deaths have been reported, as a result of cholera, this year so far in Nigeria.

So far, there has been 1,359 cases of cholera in Nigeria.

The health agency has been supporting states to ensure an effective response to the current outbreak. The government has responded to this outbreak by distributing cholera kits to hotspot local government areas, while 5,813 households received water treatment chemicals, 107 people were trained on hygiene and sanitation promotion, water quality monitoring, water schemes operation, and maintenance, as well as 40 water points have been chlorinated.

It is likely that the lack of potable water is the cause for the outbreak.

Photo: Vibrio tasmaniensis bacteria, a close relative of Vibrio cholerae.

Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by a bacterial infection. Symptoms may range from none, to mild, to severe. The main risk is severe dehydration, this happens sometimes within hours.

It is spread mostly by unsafe water and unsafe food that has been contaminated with human feces containing the bacteria. Under-cooked seafood is a common source.

Risk factors for the disease include poor sanitation, not enough clean drinking water, and poverty.

Cholera affects an estimated 3–5 million people worldwide and causes 28.800–130.000 deaths a year. Areas with ongoing risk include Africa and South East Asia, where it occurs in outbreaks.

Descriptions of cholera are found as early as the 5th century BC in Sanskrit.

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