Nigerian health officials reported an additional 1006 suspected cholera cases during the week ending October 2, bringing the cumulative total to 10754 suspected cases through the first nine months of the year.
256 deaths have been reported in 2022 to date with a case-fatality rate of 2.4%.
Cholera is a water-borne disease characterized by the sudden onset of profuse watery diarrhea, which can lead to sudden death because of the rapid onset of dehydration, if not managed on time.
Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and weakness. Most infected people may only show mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all.
The time between infection and the appearance of symptoms of the disease is 2 hours to 5 days. The disease is easily treatable if detected early. Most infected people can be treated successfully through prompt administration of oral rehydration solution (ORS), to replace lost fluids and electrolytes.
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