The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) reported 429 suspected cholera cases in 11 states in January 2023.
The 11 states and corresponding cases include: Cross River (242), Ebonyi (86), Niger (38), Abia (35), Ondo (10), Katsina (5), Sokoto (3), Zamfara (3), Osun (1) and Kano (1).
Cross River and Ebonyi states account for 3/4 of all cases.
Of the more than 400 cases, 17 deaths were reported for a case fatality rate of 4%.
Of the suspected cases since the beginning of the year, age group 0 – 5 years is the most affected age group for male and female.
Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection caused by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.
Cholera affects both children and adults and can kill within hours if untreated, according to the World Health Organization.
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