Cholera kills 113 people in Nigeria's Borno State 2009-10-05 19:02:16   Print

    LAGOS, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- At least 113 people have been killed in a cholera outbreak in northern Nigeria's Borno State, the Nigerian Tribune newspaper reported on Monday.

    Nearly 956 others are infected, the report said, citing a local official.

    The state commissioner for health, Zubairu Maina Shani, said the Adamawa State cholera outbreak had spread into Borno as the two areas share the same state boundary.

    He said the outbreak of the disease in Biu area of Borno and two other communities was compounded by the poor sanitary conditions of the affected communities, noting that throughout the rainy season, the people failed to abide by the rules of personal hygiene and sanitation to wade off the rapid spread.

    He said about 600 people had contracted the disease at Biu by the weekend and were rushed to the Biu General Hospital for diagnosis and treatment.

    According to the official, out of the 600 patients, 53 died on Saturday. Because of the rapid spread of the disease, the management of the hospital, in conjunction with the State Ministry of Health, decided to evacuate the patients to an isolated treatment camp.

    Cholera is an infectious disease that spreads through drinking contaminated water.

Editor: Xiong Tong
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