NCDC records 48 new deaths in one week as suspected cholera cases hit 65,145

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 48 new deaths linked to suspected cholera cases have been recorded in one week since August 22.

This was contained in the NCDC’s epidemiological report released on Monday. According to the report, which covered August 23 to August 29, cases have been recorded in 23 states and the federal capital territory (FCT).

“Twenty-three states and FCT have reported suspected cholera cases in 2021. These are Benue, Delta, Zamfara, Gombe, Bayelsa, Kogi, Sokoto, Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Kebbi, Cross River, Nasarawa, Niger, Jigawa, Yobe, Kwara, Adamawa, Enugu, Katsina, Borno, Taraba and FCT,” the report reads.

“In the reporting week, 16 states plus FCT reported 2,127 suspected cases – Bauchi (855), Katsina (396), Kano (306), Yobe (162), Zamfara (80), Niger (78), Borno (67), Sokoto (45), Kaduna (41), Gombe (21), FCT (18), Kebbi (17), Adamawa (15), Taraba (13), Nasarawa (10), Plateau (2) and Jigawa (1).

“Of the suspected cases, there were 32 RDT confirmed cases from Adamawa (11), Katsina (8), Kaduna (7), Borno (4), Taraba (1) and Yobe (1). There were 32 culture confirmed cases from Yobe (12), Adamawa (11), Katsina (8) and Borno (1).

“Of the cases reported, there were 48 deaths from Bauchi (10), Kano (7), Katsina (6), Taraba (5), Zamfara (4), Sokoto (4), Borno (4), Niger (3), Nasarawa (2), Kebbi (1), Yobe (1) and Kaduna (1) states, with a case fatality ratio (CFR) of 2.3%.

“No new state reported cases in epi week 34. The national multi-sectoral EOC activated at level 02 continues to coordinate the national response.”

The NCDC added that as of September 2, “a total of 65,145 suspected cases, including 2,141 deaths (CFR 3.3%), have been reported from 23 states and FCT in 2021”.

The agency added the most affected age group are those aged between five and 14, while “of all suspected cases, 51% are males and 49% are females”.

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