By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Nigerian health officials continue to report an increase in cholera cases across the country. In the week ending July 11, eight states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) reported 1,885 suspected cases, including 31 deaths. Bauchi state was hit the hardest with 1,364 suspected cases.

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Kwara state became the 18th state to report cholera this year, accounting for half the country’s states affected.

As of July 11, 2021, a total of 19,305 suspected cases including 479 deaths (CFR 2.5%) have been reported from 18 states and FCT (Benue, Delta, Zamfara, Gombe, Bayelsa, Kogi, Sokoto, Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Kebbi, Cross River, Niger , Nasarawa, Jigawa, Yobe, Kwara and FCT) since the beginning of 2021.

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Noticeably absent is Lagos state, home of Nigeria’s largest city and commercial center. Health experts are, however, warning that Lagos may not escape the cholera outbreak already ravaging many states in the country, noting that poor sanitation and blocked drainage channels that have become a common sight, making the state prone to an outbreak.

Local media report that there are still many areas in the city without toilet facilities and access to potable water.

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