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Published On: Sat, Oct 12th, 2013

Cholera outbreak reported in Zamfara State, Nigeria

At least 130 people hospitalized and two people have died in Zamfara State in northwestern Nigeria in a current cholera outbreak, according to a report in the Nigerian Bulletin.

The outbreak has affected the areas of Rini Village and Bakura town in the Bakura Local Government Area of Zamfara State, notes  Alhaji Dandare Dakko, Vice Chairman of the Local Government.

The report says that Dakko said the out break affected 102 people in Rini Village and 32 students of the Government Science Secondary School, Bakura. The sick were being treated at the Bakura General Hospital while addressing families of the victims Thursday.

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

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  1. Nigeria: Zamfara cholera death toll up to 50 - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] a follow-up to an earlier report, the death toll due to the outbreak of cholera in Zamfara State in Nigeria has climbed to 50, […]

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