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North Records Over 97% of 210 New Cholera Cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease and Prevention Control (NCDC), has registered 210 new suspected cases of cholera infections across eight states of the federation from July 31 to August 27.

The NCDC said this via its official website in its latest monthly situation report on Cholera covering Epidemiological (EP) weeks 31 to 34, noting that 10 ‘suspected’ deaths were also recorded in the said states within the period under review.

It said in eight states that reported 210 suspected cases, seven states from the recorded 205 representing 97.6% of the total new infections. Zamfara topped the chart with 190 cases, followed by Kano with seven and five cases while Bauchi, Niger and Borno states reported two cases each, followed by Gombe and Adamawa states with a single case each. One state from South, Bayelsa recorded five new cases.

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The agency noted that 21 Cholera Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDT) were conducted with nine positive results (Zamfara – 8 and Bayelsa – 1) while 26 stool culture tests were conducted with three positive results.

The public health agency said that the suspected cases and deaths of Cholera in 2023 have decreased by 63 and 67 per cent respectively compared to what was reported at Epidemiological Week 34 in 2022.

It recalled that on August 27, 2023, the country registered 84 suspected deaths and 2,860 suspected cases across 25 states, representing a Case Fatality Ratio (CFR) of 2.9 per cent.

“Cumulatively, it shows that six states: Cross River (718 cases), Katsina (302 cases), Bayelsa (265 cases), Ebonyi (227 cases), Niger (136 cases) and Abia (118 cases) account for 62 per cent of the suspected cases in 2023,” it said.

The NCDC said that the national multi-sectoral Cholera TWG continues to monitor response across states.


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