Borno records 23 cholera deaths, 530 suspected cases – UN agency

Cholera has claimed at least 23 deaths and 530 suspected cases in Borno, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Thursday .

The UN agency revealed this in a statement adding that a cholera outbreak was first reported by the state’s Ministry of Health, the first case was recorded on Aug. 16, 2017.

It noted that over 530 suspected cases had been registered as of Sept. 5, 2017, including 23 deaths (4.3 per cent fatality rate).

The outbreak is mainly in Muna Garage, a camp hosting at least 20,000 internally displaced persons on the outskirts of the state capital, Maiduguri.

The latest figures suggested a 4.3 per cent fatality rate – well above the one per cent rate that the World Health Organization rates as an emergency.

The short incubation period of two hours to five days means the disease could spread with explosive speed.

However, the State Ministry of Health, the Rural Water and Sanitation Agency and humanitarian organisations, including UN agencies, are responding to the outbreak, OCHA said.


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