The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) released its latest monthly situation report on Cholera stating that there have 575 new suspected cases of Cholera infections and 25 ‘suspected’ deaths across 16 states of the federation from 4 July to 31 July.
The report revealed that as of 31 July, Nigeria had recorded a total of 91 suspected deaths and 3,610 suspected cases across 31 states.
The latest report shows that there was an 18 percent increase in the number of new suspected cases in the month under review compared with 473 cases reported in June.
Cumulatively, it shows that 10 states: Taraba, Cross River, Katsina, Borno, Kano, Ondo, Zamfara, Bayelsa, Bauchi and Adamawa account for 87 percent of all cases in 2022.
Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by the Vibrio cholera bacillus.
The disease spreads through contaminated food and water, reappearing periodically in countries unable to secure access to clean drinking water and adequate sanitation like Nigeria.
It is a preventable and treatable epidemic-prone disease. The number of cholera cases tends to increase with the outset of the rainy season. The risk of death from cholera is higher when treatment is delayed.