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Cholera outbreak kills 39

2009-08-18 22:14

Kano - A cholera outbreak has claimed 39 lives in northern Nigeria's Adamawa state in the past week, a senior local official said on Tuesday.

"An outbreak of cholera in our locality in the last one week has killed a family, including a 52-year-old man, his wife and one child. Thirty-six other people have also died," the deputy chair of Maiha local government, Yahaya Hamman-Julde, told AFP.

He said "scores of people" had been hospitalised as a result of the disease, adding that an ongoing strike by medical workers in the state was hampering efforts to assist the sick.

Julde could not immediately disclose the cause of the disease, but recalled that a similar outbreak in June killed 20 people in the area.

Cholera is an intestinal bacteria that causes serious diarrhoea and vomiting leading to dehydration. With a short incubation period, it can be fatal if not treated in time.

Last September, a spate of cholera outbreaks in northern Nigeria claimed almost 100 lives in three states - Katsina, Zamfara and Bauchi. Cholera is a water-borne disease and can also be transmitted by food that has been in contact with sewage.