The government of Niger says four people have died while 123 cases are being monitored following the outbreak of cholera in the Maradi region on July 13.

Niger (in red) Image/FireSky
Niger (in red)

The outbreak is concentrated in the Madarounfa district, which sits on the border with Nigeria. The deceased were members of the same family, which recently returned from a long stay in Katsina State. Nigeria. They presented symptoms that include diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration.   

“Laboratory results released by the Centre for Medical and Health Research (CERMES) in Niamey on 12 July 2018, confirmed Vibrio cholerae O1 Inaba in samples from the three-case patients.

“A retrospective investigation found that the patients developed symptoms in the village of Makada in Jibiya Local Government Area in Nigeria, prior to admission at the health centre in Niger,” the Ministry of Public Health said.

Six new cases from three villages close to the border with Nigeria were confirmed between 6 and 7 July. They all presented similar signs and symptoms to the deceased cases. At least 19 out of the 123 cases under treatment are villagers from the Nigerian side of the border.