The Borno State Ministry of Health reported an additional 125 suspected cases of cholera on Friday, including two new fatalities in Jere and Ngala local government areas (LGA).

This brings the total number of suspected cholera cases in the state to 2,283, including 40 associated deaths.

Overall, Jere LGA has reported the most cumulative cases at nearly 900, followed by Ngala and MMC.

Health officials resolved to start holding daily coordination meetings of the cholera outbreak to close up response gaps and ensure a robust and effective coordination of the response activities.

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%.