Hundreds dead in raging regional cholera outbreak

from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – A raging cholera outbreak has left at least 255 people dead in the conflict-prone Lake Chad Basin this year.

It is the worst outbreak in the region over the past four years, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Over 20 000 cholera cases have been reported thus far.

This is eight times more than the average cholera caseload.

Nigeria is the most affected country, with 18 000 cases.

The outbreak has spread into neighbouring Cameroon and Niger.

Cholera is an acute diarrheal disease that can kill within hours if left untreated.

It is caused by consuming contaminated food or water.

More than 5 million people are living in outbreak areas in the Lake Chad Basin.

The region is facing floods and heavy rains creating an ideal environment for the outbreak to spread.

An outbreak of cholera has claimed the lives of 2 610 people in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

Nigeria is the epicentre of the cholera crisis. Terrorism by the Islamist Boko Haram sect is the major cause of the plague.
–  CAJ News

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