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NCDC RECORDS 74 CHOLERA DEATHS, 2,339 SUSPECTED CASES

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said no fewer than 74 persons have been reportedly killed by cholera in 30 states this year.

The latest cholera situation report by the NCDC also showed that there are a total of 2,339 suspected cases of the infection as of May 29, 2022.

The agency noted that of the suspected cases since the beginning of the year, the age group 5 years is the most affected age group for males and females.

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It also said, of all suspected cases, 50 per cent are males, and 50 per cent are females.

The agency revealed that five states – Taraba (651 cases), Cross River (593 cases), Katsina (134 cases), kano (124 cases) and Benue (100 cases) account for 68 per cent of all cumulative cases, while six LGAs across two states -Cross River (3) and Taraba (3) reported more than 100 cases each this year.

It added that thirty states have reported suspected cholera cases in 2022.

These are Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba and Zamfara.

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Cholera is an acute diarrheal disease caused by Vibrio cholerae; a gram-negative rod-shaped bacterium.

According to the NCDC, cholera is a potentially life-threatening, primarily waterborne disease.

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