Lagos State leads Nigeria’s cholera outbreak – NCDC

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has said that Lagos State is at the center of a significant cholera outbreak in Nigeria.

The latest data as seen on the NCDC website stated that as of week 25, Lagos state registered 104 new cases out of the country’s total of 113 reported cases for the week with Ogun State reporting 7 cases and Katsina state with 1 case.

The NCDC said that the outbreak resulted in seven deaths nationwide, with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 6.1 percent in the state.

The NCDC said that in the last month, Lagos state alone reported 533 suspected cholera cases, contributing significantly to the country’s total of 576 with reported cases including Ogun state with 19 cases, Rivers 9, Katsina 8, Oyo- 2, Abia- 2, Bayelsa- 2 and Sokoto-1.

It also stated that the month saw 32 deaths across the country, with a CFR of 5.6 per cent, significantly higher than the national expected average of one per cent, underscoring the severity of the situation.

It said that the National Multi-sectoral Cholera Technical Working Group (TWG) continues to oversee and coordinate response efforts across the affected states.

However, according to the NCDC there has been a notable decrease of 37 percent suspected cholera cases compared to the same period in 2023, with a 21 per cent reduction in cumulative deaths in 2024.

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