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Monday, August 29, 2011

Nigeria : Cholera kills 11 in Nasarawa

Via The Nation :

" ELEVEN persons were yesterday killed in an outbreak of cholera in two local government areas of Nasarawa State.

Seven persons were said to have died in Lafia Local Government and four in Karu Local Government, near the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Director of Personnel Management (DPM) in charge of Karu, John Iyakwari, said the victims suffered severe diarrhoea.

The Chief Community Health Officer of the Primary Health Care (PHC) Clinic, Mana, near the Emir’s palace in Lafia, Mrs Aishatu Yahaya said the first case was recorded in June.

She said many reported cases came from Makama and Ciroma wards, and a few others from Gayam ward, all in Lafia.

It was gathered that between June and yesterday, 189 cases had been reported.

“We had the first few cases in June. But it was in July they really started coming in large numbers. Now, we have reported cases of about 186,” Mrs Yahaya said.

She urged the residents to stay away from infected persons, saying some of the cases were those that had contacted the disease from relations that were earlier admitted at the clinic."

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