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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Nigeria : Cholera - Death Toll Rises to 283

Via This Day Online :

" The death toll from the cholera epidemic and a related disease has risen to 283 in some states in the North, according to various official figures last night.The figure of those infected by cholera in the past two weeks has also risen above 5,000 from the earlier 4,600 figure announced last week, officials said.

Among the states mostly hit according to a report by AFP are Yobe, Katsina and Kaduna. Cholera, a water-born disease, causes serious diarrhoea and vomiting, leading to dehydration and with a short incubation period it could be fatal if not treated on time.

The latest outbreak was recorded in Yobe State where 42 people died in the past week from a disease health officials said was a form of gastro-enteritis, characterised by vomiting and diarrhoea, which are also cholera symptoms.Sixteen persons also died as a result of suspected gastro-enteritis, while 226 others have been hospitalized in Funtua and Kankia local government councils of Katsina State .

Health Minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu said last Thursday that 231 people had died of cholera, while 4,600 others were infected in some states, particularly in the North with Borno, Bauchi and Adamawa being worst hit."

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