NCDC warns Nigerians of Cholera outbreak across 30 states

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has warned of a cholera outbreak in the country. From January 1 to June 11, 65 confirmed cases and 30 deaths have been recorded across 30 states.

The outbreak is spreading fast, especially with the start of the rainy season. Recently, Lagos State had an outbreak that led to 60 hospital admissions and five deaths in just 48 hours.

Cholera is a contagious disease spread through contaminated food, water, and poor sanitation. Symptoms include sudden, painless diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. If left untreated, cholera can lead to death within hours due to dehydration.

However, cholera is easily treatable if detected early. The NCDC advises drinking safe water; practicing good hygiene; avoiding raw fruits and vegetables, street food, and raw seafood; proper waste disposal and frequent clearing of sewage

The NCDC is working with other agencies to provide support to affected states, including risk communication, case management, and water sanitation and hygiene interventions.

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