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Cholera outbreak kills 325 in Nigeria in first half of 2021

FILE PHOTO UNICEF: Families who have been displaced by the conflict in northeast Nigeria are learning about the importance of washing hands with soap and water, which can significantly reduce the risk of cholera transmission.

Lagos, Nigeria | Xinhua | An outbreak of Cholera has killed 325 people in 15 states and the capital of Nigeria between January and June of this year, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) said in a report on Saturday.

In an update of the Cholera outbreak in Nigeria, the health agency said a total of 14,343 suspected cases of cholera were reported from 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) during the period, with 325 deaths.

According to the report, about 27 percent of suspected cases across the country are those in the 5-14 years bracket.

The health agency added that it has been supporting states to ensure a coordinated, rapid and effective response to the current outbreak, including deployment of rapid response teams to support the response at the state level, provision of medical and laboratory supplies, and scale-up of risk communications amongst other activities.

Cholera is a highly virulent disease characterized in its most severe form by a sudden onset of acute watery diarrhea that can lead to death by severe dehydration.

The outbreak is frequently reported in Nigeria due to the lack of potable water supply, especially in densely populated areas.

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