Nigeria reports more than 10,000 suspected cholera cases in first nine months of 2022

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Nigerian health officials reported an additional 1,006 suspected cholera cases during the week ending October 2, bringing the cumulative total to 10,754 suspected cases during the first nine months of the year.

Eleven states account for 86% of all cumulative cases – Borno (3663), Yobe (1632), Katsina (767), Taraba (675), Cross River (649), Gombe (470), Jigawa (417) and Bauchi (304) ).

256 deaths have been reported in 2022 so far with a case fatality rate of 2.4%.

Cholera is a waterborne disease characterized by the sudden onset of profuse watery diarrhoea, which can lead to sudden death due to the rapid onset of dehydration, if not dealt with in time.

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Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and weakness. Most infected people may have only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.

The time between infection and the appearance of symptoms of the disease ranges from 2 hours to 5 days. The disease is easily treatable if caught early. Most sufferers can be successfully treated with immediate oral rehydration to replace lost fluids and electrolytes.



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