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Cholera Outbreak Claims Lives of 80 Residents in Zamfara State

No less than 80 persons have been killed by cholera outbreak in Zamfara State in the last one month, an official said on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

The Commissioner for Health in Zamfara, Alhaji Suleiman Gummi, while speaking with reporters said the disease had spread to 10 out of the 14 local government areas of the state, adding that 500 others were currently receiving treatment at various health facilities in the state.

Gummi said the state government had established special camps and had deployed medicine and health personnel to contain the situation.

He said the state government had reported the case to the federal government and more medical assistance was being expected.

The commissioner appealed to the citizens of the state to keep their environments clean and also ensure to prepare their food under hygienic conditions.

The local government areas affected are; Bungudu, Maru, Maradun, Talata-Mafara and Bakura.

Others are: Shinkafi, Anka, Kaura -Namoda, Birnin-Magaji and Zurmi.

Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated.

It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae.

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