Nigeria loses 79 persons to Cholera Outbreak across 12 states since January

No fewer than 1,336 suspected cases of cholera, including 79 deaths, have been recorded in 12 states this year, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has said.

The states are Abia, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Kano, Katsina, Niger, Ondo, Osun, Sokoto and Zamfara.

The NCDC, in its situation report yesterday, said of the suspected cases since the beginning of the year, age groups 15-24 and >45 years was the most affected age groups for males and females respectively.

It said, “Of all suspected cases, 53% are males and 47% are females.

“Six states – Cross River (647 cases), Ebonyi (97 cases), Abia (72 cases), Niger (38 cases) and Zamfara (28 cases) account for 96% of all cumulative cases.

“Fifteen local government areas across nine states Ebonyi (4), Cross River (3), Ondo (2), Bayelsa (1), Abia (1), Katsina (1), Sokoto (1) Niger (1) and Zamfara (1), reported more than five cases each this year.”

The NCDC said national multi-sectoral Cholera Technical Working Group continued to monitor response across states.

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