The Yobe State Ministry of Health reported Oct 1 that 36 additional cholera cases have been reported from four local government areas (LGAs)–Gujba, Gulani, Damaturu and Fune. No new fatalities were reported. This represents a 10% decrease in the number of cases reported the previous day.
The total number of suspected cholera cases reported in Yobe state is 1,319 with 61 associated deaths (CFR 4.8%). In the state, up to 420 cases have been reported in Gulani LGA, 367 cases in Gujba LGA, and 317 cases in Damaturu LGA.
Cholera is a disease spread by drinking water or eating food contaminated with cholera bacteria. Severe cholera is characterized by large amounts of watery diarrhea, often described as “rice-water stool” because it can have a pale, milky appearance. It can also be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. If untreated, the loss of fluid can be deadly. But simple treatment, including replacing lost body fluids, can lower the risk of death to less than 1%.
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