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Published On: Fri, Jan 17th, 2014

Cholera kills 11 in Nigeria’s Jigawa State

An outbreak of cholera in Nigeria’s Jigawa State has killed at least 11 people, health officials note, according to Premium Times report Thursday.

Vibrio cholerae Image/CDC/ Janice Carr

Vibrio cholerae
Image/CDC/ Janice Carr

According to a statement from Mati Ali, the Public Relations Officer in the state Ministry of Health,  a total of 153 cholera cases were reported in the state from January 1 till date. He added that four people died at the hospital while the remaining seven died at home.

Ali says that the cholera cases were reported in Taura, Birnin Kudu, Garki, Ringim, Babura and Gwaram local government areas of the state; however, he also says the outbreak is under control.

Cholera is a bacterial disease that can cause diarrhea and dehydration. Cholera is most often spread through the ingestion of contaminated food or drinking water. Water may be contaminated by the feces of an infected person or by untreated sewage. Food is often contaminated by water containing cholera bacteria or by being handled by a person ill with cholera.

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