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Officials Report Cholera Outbreaks Throughout Nigeria

“At least three persons were confirmed dead, while few others were said to have been discharged after treatment in Lagos, following an outbreak of cholera in at least five local government areas,” Nigeria’s Vanguard reports (Akoni, 10/24). “Officials say an outbreak of cholera in Nigeria’s northwest Zamfara state has infected 536 people and killed 50 in the past week,” the Seattle Times writes. “Medical director of the state hospital, Dr. Labaran Anka, blamed contaminated water in rural areas that have no clean running water,” the news service notes, adding, “Medical authorities also have reported a cholera outbreak … in a village of central Plateau state overcrowded with refugees from communal violence” (10/23). “Cholera has killed nine people and infected 100 others this month in Namu village in Nigeria’s central Plateau state, [state epidemiologist Raymond Yuryit] said Wednesday,” according to Agence France-Presse, which adds, “Eight people died and 10 others were hospitalized from cholera infections in southwest Oyo state last month.” The news service notes, “Cholera has claimed thousands of lives across the west African country since 2010” (10/23).