Cholera outbreak leaves 6 dead in Nigeria’s Lagos

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Six deaths have been recorded in an outbreak of cholera in Nigeria’s economic hub, Lagos, a senior health official said on Thursday.

The deaths were recorded from 45 suspected cases of cholera earlier reported to health authorities, Jide Idris, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, told reporters at a news conference.

He said government had taken necessary measures to contain the outbreak in Isolo area of the state.

According to him, the main suspected source of infection is a staple food of local residents in the area.

A domestic well used by local residents in the area is also likely to have caused the outbreak, he added.

The official said samples of the local food and well water have been sent for laboratory analyses.

Cholera, an infectious disease, causes severe watery diarrhea and can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated. –Xinhua

 

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