Friday, 23 September 2016

Cholera outbreak; 6 killed, many others under observation

 Six people have reportedly died of cholera in  Isolo  Local Government Area  of Lagos State.

Punch gathered tha they died after ating contaminated food. A popular local delicacy enjoyed by many Nigerians 'Abacha'. Ameal from the South- East. 

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, briefed the press about the development at  the state’s secretariat on Thursday. He stated that 39 other persons  were under observation and receiving treatment  at public and private health facilities in Isolo. The food was contaminated by Cholera.

 Cholera is an acute diarrhoea disease with or without vomiting caused by a bacteria referred to as vibro cholerae and it is transmitted through ingestion of food or water contaminated with infected faeces.

 Idris, who stated that seven out of the 15 samples taken to the Public Health Laboratory, Yaba,  after an upsurge of diarrhoea cases was reported in some communities in Isolo, tested positive to vibro cholerae.

He stated, “Six deaths were recorded among the 45 cases. Majority of the patients did not present with the classical rice-water stool, rather they presented with atypical diarrhoea and vomiting.

“After a thorough analysis of the  ano-rectal swabs that were collected from 15 cases,  vibrio cholerae was confirmed  and found to be the Ogawa strain of the virus.The main suspected source of infection acording to Idris is the salad called Abacha.

  Samples of the local salad and the well water they consume in the area revealed the presence of vibrio cholerae, Salmonella species and E.coli in Abacha and the water sample taken from one of the two wells in the area.”


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