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Borno State: Cholera outbreak in Kukawa LGA – Outbreak News Today

The Government of Nigeria is reported more than 600 cholera cases in Kukawa Local Government Area (LGA) in Borno State over the past month.

Nigeria Image/Robert Herriman
Nigeria
Image/Robert Herriman

Since Feb. 13, 608 cases including 3 deaths have been reported. The bulk of the cases have been reported from two wards–Doro and Baga.

Cholera is a disease spread by drinking water or eating food contaminated with cholera bacteria. Severe cholera is characterized by large amounts of watery diarrhea, often described as “rice-water stool” because it can have a pale, milky appearance. It can also be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. If untreated, the loss of fluid can be deadly. But simple treatment, including replacing lost body fluids, can lower the risk of death to less than 1%.

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