Undiagnosed Food-borne disease – Nigeria

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(Weekend of) August 28, 2021 – Approximately 175 individuals in Gwoza, Borno State, Nigeria, have been infected with an unspecified diarrheal infectious disease with additional symptoms of vomiting. Of the 175 identified, 35 deaths have been reported. The other 150 cases have been admitted to hospitals for treatment. Demographic information of reported cases have not been specified in this source.

The identity of the infectious disease in this report is not known except that it is diarrheal in nature and includes other symptoms such as vomiting.The source suspects that the water consumed by border communities is to blame due to contamination, though not entirely confirmed. This may then be linked to a water-borne infectious disease.

Availability of efficient medical treatment and clean water supply are still challenges faced by the communities in Gwoza according to officials due to destruction in certain area and environments. This limits viable resources for prevention of water-borne illness and other infectious disease. Officials are currently working on obtaining provisions of clean water and other health services in the interim.

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