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Cholera cases on the rise, says ministry

31 October 2013, 18:35

Lagos - The Ministry of Health said in a statement that the death toll had risen to 86 as a result of the latest cholera outbreak this week,the Guardian reports.

The number of recorded cases has risen to 1,623 with Zamfara state hit the hardest with 536 recorded cases and 50 deaths reported in the past week alone. Medical experts have urged governments at all levels to reintroduce sanitary inspection to control further outbreak of cholera and other communicable diseases.

Cholera is a highly contagious intestinal infection and is transmitted by water soiled by human waste. The disease leads to diarrhoea, dehydration and death if untreated. The country suffered cholera epidemics during the rainy seasons of 2010 and 2011, with nearly 2,000 people killed over two years.

The mortality rate can be greatly reduced if the infected person receives treatment quickly and properly, the rate can drop to less than1%,however if the person goes untreated the mortality rate rises to between 50 and 60%.

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