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Cholera outbreak in Lagos: 45 cases, 6 death recorded

The Lagos State Government has announced 45 cases of cholera disease in Isolo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), of the state, with six deaths already recorded.
   Disclosing this at a press conference in Lagos, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris explained that the patients are being taking care of in different hospitals in the state and some have been discharged.
   He revealed that 26 cases were managed at Isolo General Hospital and Lagos Mainland hospital, while 22 out of them have been discharged with one death recorded and the remaining three still on admission but in stable condition.

   He also disclosed that 17 of the cases were managed at private health facilities and three of the patients died while the other 14 have been discharged.
   Revealing the cause of the latest outbreak in the state, Idris said the main suspected source of infection has been traced to the consumption of a staple food called 'abacha' by the residents of Isolo LCDA and adjourning LGAs/LCDAs.

He added that some domestic water wells within the communities are also suspected, stating that samples of the 'abacha' salad and well water were collected and sent to the Lagos State Drug Quality Control Laboratory for analysis.
   “Ano-rectal swabs were collected from 15 cases and taken to the Central Public Health Laboratory, Yaba. Initially, there were no growths, however continuous culture yielded Vibro cholerae from 7 out of the 15 samples. The Vibrio cholera was later confirmed to be Ogawa strain.
   “The report of the analysis revealed the presence of Vibrio cholerae, Salmonella species and E.coli in 'abacha' and one of the two well water samples”, the commissioner said.
   He noted that the symptoms of the disease includes nausea, profuse diarrhoea, vomiting, fever, leg cramps, and in severe cases leads to dehydration, coma or death.
“The risk of contracting the disease is mainly by poor water and environmental sanitation, including open defecation”, he stated.

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