By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
In an update on the cholera outbreak in Nigeria, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) now reports a total of 27,186 suspected cases including 653 deaths (CFR 2.4%) have been reported from 22 states and FCT (Benue, Delta, Zamfara, Gombe, Bayelsa, Kogi, Sokoto, Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Kebbi, Cross River, Niger, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Yobe, Kwara, Enugu, Adamawa, Katsina, Borno and FCT) since the beginning of 2021.
The hardest hit state, Bauchi, recorded its first confirmed case on 24 April 2021. So far, the state has recorded 9,405 cases and has the highest number of cases among the 22 states which reported cases in the country.
The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with health authorities in Bauchi state has deployed Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) in combination with other community control measures to stop the transmission of the disease and save lives.
A total of 710,212 persons one year and above have been vaccinated with the OCV in the five-day reactive campaign that ended on 28 July 2021 in the first cycle. The second and the final cycle will soon commence after 2 weeks for the same persons.
WHO had facilitated the release of 1,565,558 doses of the cholera vaccine to the State.
Cholera remains a global threat to public health. WHO estimates that every year there are roughly 1.3 to 4 million cases, and 21,000 to 143,000 deaths globally due to cholera. Symptoms include among others, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and dehydration.