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Cholera: Nigeria reports over 2,100 deaths in 23 states

Cholera: Nigeria reports over 2,100 deaths in 23 states

Abuja, Sep 8 (Prensa Latina) The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced a total of 65,145 suspected cholera cases, including 2,141 deaths, accounting for a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 3.3% reported from 23 states and FCT, as at Sept. 2, 2021.
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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there was a 62% decrease in the number of new suspected cases in week 33 (2,127) when compared with the 3,098 cases in week 32.

According to NCDC, Bauchi (855 cases), Katsina (396) and Kano (306) accounted for 73.2% of 2,127 suspected cases reported in week 34.

The long-term solution for cholera control in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa with more than 200 million inhabitants, lies in access to safe drinking water, maintenance of proper sanitation and hygiene.

Medical sources pointed out that cholera, a bacterial disease caused by contaminated food or water, can be deadly by causing intense diarrhea and severe dehydration.

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