• Lagos confirms aggressive cholera outbreak with 15 deaths

    Lagos confirms aggressive cholera outbreak with 15 deaths - nigeria newspapers online
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    • Lagos State’s cholera outbreak is caused by a highly aggressive strain
    • The peak number of cases is now decreasing due to effective detection and tracing
    • Lagos Island is the epicentre, with several other LGAs affected
    • There have been 350 suspected cases across 29 wards, with 17 confirmed and 15 deaths
    • Fatalities were mainly due to severe dehydration from delayed presentation

    By Seyi Babalola

    Professor Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Health Commissioner, has declared that investigation has proven that the current epidemic of sickness in the state is caused by cholera, with the detected strain being particularly aggressive and infectious.

    Abayomi remarked on his X page on Monday that the detected strain has the potential to spread far.

    The commissioner disclosed that the number of cases peaked and is currently decreasing as a result of community-based case detection and contact tracing.

    “Cholera Confirmation: Laboratory tests have confirmed that the outbreak is due to cholera. The identified strain is highly aggressive and contagious, with potential for widespread dissemination.”

    “The geographical distribution of suspected cases by Local Government Area showed that Lagos Island is the epicentre of the outbreak with 106 cases, followed by Kosofe with 49; Eti-Osa with 38; Lagos Mainland with 30; Ojo with 17; Ikorodu with 16; Shomolu with 11; Surulere with nine; Apapa with eight; Mushin with eight; Ifako Ijaiye with eight; Alimosho with four; Ajeromi-Ifelodun with four; Oshodi-Isolo with three; Ikeja with three; Ibeju Lekki with two; Badagry with two; and Amuwo-Odofin with one.”

    Abayomi added that “350 suspected cases of cholera were reported in 29 wards across multiple LGAs in Lagos State, with 17 confirmed cases and 15 fatalities attributed to severe dehydration caused by delayed presentation.”


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