Cholera Outbreak in Lagos: 5 Dead, Dozens Hospitalized

The city of Lagos, Nigeria, is currently grappling with a cholera outbreak that has claimed the lives of five individuals and resulted in the hospitalization of 60 others across several local government areas. The affected communities include Eti Osa, Lagos Island, Ikorodu, and Kosofe.

According to the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, the state government has issued a call for heightened vigilance and the adoption of precautionary measures to prevent the further spread of the cholera outbreak. The authorities have activated a statewide heightened surveillance and response system, with the Ministry of Health Directorate of Environmental Health and the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) tasked with investigating a possible water contamination source in the Lekki Victoria Island axis.

While the outbreak is suspected to be cholera, samples have been collected for confirmation. As of April 28, 2024, Nigeria had reported 815 suspected cholera cases and 14 deaths across 25 states, underscoring the gravity of the situation.

Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness caused by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. It can lead to severe dehydration and even death if left untreated. Proper sanitation, access to clean water, and prompt medical attention are crucial in preventing and managing cholera outbreaks.

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