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Published On: Thu, Oct 24th, 2013

Cholera spreads in Nigeria: Lagos, Plateau and Oyo states report the disease

In a follow-up to a report Tuesday concerning a cholera outbreak in Zamfara State in Nigeria, more cases and deaths are being reported from other areas of the West African nation.

The OsunDefender reports that the serious gastrointestinal disease has found its way to the country’s largest city, Lagos.

According to the report:

At an emergency news conference at the Lagos State Government Secretariat, Alausa, in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Wednesday, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris confirmed that 13 cases of cholera infection had been reported and that three persons have died so far while some had been treated and discharged from the hospital.

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The suspected sources of the outbreak include  the African food salad popularly called ‘Abasha’, well-water sources, especially in areas like Ikare community, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government area and Badia area of Apapa Local Government area, and other infected foods from food sellers, and other unhygienic habits.

In Namu village in Nigeria’s central Plateau state it is being reported that 96 people have become infected with cholera, with nine people perishing from their illness.

The Voice of Russia also reports that eight people died and ten others were hospitalized from cholera infections in southwest Oyo state last month.

Cholera has killed at least 50 people in Zamfara state in the past two weeks. In total, about 70 people have died from the serious infection.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.

An estimated 3-5 million cases and over 100,000 deaths occur each year around the world. The infection is often mild or without symptoms, but can sometimes be severe.

Approximately one in 20 (5%) infected persons will have severe disease characterized by profuse watery diarrhea, vomiting, and leg cramps. In these people, rapid loss of body fluids leads to dehydration and shock. Without treatment, death can occur within hours.

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