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Monday, October 21, 2013

Nigeria: 8 Killed, 61 Hospitalised in Plateau Cholera Outbreak

Via All Africa :

Medical authorities in Plateau have confirmed an outbreak of cholera in Namu village in the Qua'pan Local Government Area of the state.

Namu, a village at the Plateau and Nasarawa States border, hosts displaced people in the violent crisis that broke out in the Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
"Yes, there has been an outbreak of cholera in Namu village, eight people have been killed while 61 others have been hospitalised," the Plateau State Epidemiologist, Dr Raymond Yuryit, said in Namu on Sunday.
Yuryit spoke when he received Alhaji Alhassan Barde, the Executive Secretary of the Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), who had gone to assess the situation. He said that those hospitalised had been diagnosed with the disease and had been admitted into various health centres.
Juryit attributed the outbreak to overcrowding, dirty environment and the consumption of unhygienic food and water.
He described cholera as a "deadly disease" that could kill "within the shortest possible time because its dehydrates the victim, leading to severe gastro-intestinal impact"."

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