Cholera kills more than 2,300 people in Nigeria in the worst outbreak in a few years

Scanning electron microscope image of Vibrio cholerae that infects the digestive system. Credits: Ronald Taylor, Tom Kirn, Louisa Howard / Wikipedia

Cholera has killed more than 2,300 people in Nigeria since the beginning of this year and has infected thousands, mainly children, health officials said Monday as the worst outbreak in the country in years.

Africa’s most populous countries suffer from high rates of water-borne diseases as a result of aging infrastructure and underinvestment.

“As of September 5, 2021, a total of 69,925 suspicious cases have been reported, including 2,323 deaths,” Yahya Disu, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) in Nigeria, told AFP.

This year’s case fatality rate, which is higher than in the last four years, has been exacerbated by prioritizing the coronavirus epidemic, according to sources in the health sector. COVID-19 has infected more than 200,000 people in Nigeria and has killed 2,655 people since February 2020.

Disu said the incident was reported in 25 of Nigeria’s 36 states and in the capital Abuja.

He said children between the ages of 5 and 14 were the most affected, 19 years old Northern states It accounted for 98% of infectious diseases.

“The three northern states of Bauchi, Kano and Jigawa account for 52% of the cases,” he added.

Disu said the Flood, Poor hygiene When Climate change It may have contributed to the surge in cholera outbreaks in Japan this year.

Nigeria had a large experience before Outbreak of cholera, 1991, 2010, 2014, 2017 included.

However, the epidemiological pattern of current outbreaks can exceed the death toll from previous outbreaks.

Still, Disu said the trend seems to be declining.

“Compared to the previous week (3,992), the number of new suspicious cases during the week under review (1,667) decreased by 58 percent,” he said.

He has a public sensitization campaign Water hygiene When Personal hygiene It has been strengthened.

Cholera is an aquatic bacterial infection that affects the intestinal tract and is characterized by vomiting, watery stools, dehydration, and malaise.

Flies can become infected when they come into contact with food and can be fatal if not treated in time.

UNICEF of the United Nations Children’s Fund is worried that children may have been most affected by the outbreak.

“There is growing concern about millions of children in Nigeria affected by the recent outbreak of cholera in Nigeria,” Umar Dumbouya, a UNICEF Nigerian official, said in a statement.

UNICEF provides assistance through water, sanitation, sanitation, health and behavior change interventions to support the Government of Nigeria. Outbreak..

Nigeria faces one of the worst cholera outbreaks in years

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