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Cholera outbreak kills 186 people in Nigeria

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By ITN News Editor August 19, 2018 13:42

Cholera outbreak kills 186 people in Nigeria

Nigeria is dealing with a cholera outbreak that has infected over 16,000 people, including 186 reported deaths, according to Nigeria’s Center for Disease Control . A cholera infection causes severe diarrhea and dehydration that can lead to death if not treated properly. It spreads through contaminated food or water. Halima Adamu, a mother of six, recently lost her husband during a cholera outbreak in Mpape Village in Abuja’s suburbs. Halima says no one knew what was wrong with him.

Many rural communities in Nigeria are at risk of a cholera outbreak because they are densely populated with makeshift drainage filled with dirty water. The United Nations estimates that over 110 million Nigerians lack access to improved sanitation, while over 70 million lack access to safe drinking water. Experts from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja’s primary health center, went to Mpape to sensitize residents of the community to the threat. Residents at high risk for infection are taught how to identify symptoms of cholera and report early to hospital for treatment. Those not affected are taught to observe basic hygiene including hand washing.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 19, 2018 13:42

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