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Cholera outbreak persists in Zamfara, Borno, others

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NCDC reports 27,927 cases, 517 deaths from 18 states, FCT

Despite efforts by the Federal Government to contain the ongoing cholera outbreak, the water and food-borne disease has continued to spread in northern states.Latest figures from the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) indicate that Zamfara State has shown increasing number of cases since Week 34, while Borno, Adamawa and Gombe states are reporting a new outbreak in new local councils.

According to the situation report released yesterday by the NCDC, 29 cases were reported from Gombe State with three deaths but state yet to send in line list data. However, the NCDC noted that no cases were reported in the following states in the last three or more weeks: Anambra, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto and Yobe states.

However, a breakdown of the report showed that in Week 36 (September 3 to 9), 1,306 new suspected cases were reported from five states – Zamfara (588), Katsina (377), Borno (388), Adamawa (55) and Kano (six), with 24 deaths in Katsina and Zamfara.The NCDC noted that as of September 10, 2018, 27,927 suspected cases, including 517 deaths with Case Fatality Ratio (CFR) 1:85 per cent have been reported from 18 states and the FCT (Adamawa, Anambra, Bauchi, Borno, Ebonyi, FCT, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Yobe, Sokoto and Zamfara) since the beginning of 2018.

According to the NCDC, no reports received from Sokoto in week 35; of the confirmed cases, 25.97 per cent are aged five -14 years; and of the suspected cases, 50.1 per cent are female and 49.8 per cent are male.


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