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Cholera outbreak in Nigeria's northern state under control

English.news.cn   2014-01-20 07:55:45            

LAGOS, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria's northwest Kano state government on Sunday said cholera outbreak, which killed at least 71 people in the state, has been under control.

The outbreak of the disease was completely under control with drastic reduction of victims across the state, said the Commissioner for Health, Abubakar Labaran.

Labaran stressed the commitment of the state government to enlighten the populace on the importance of healthy growth of children under the age of five.

According to him, all was now set for the commencement of polio immunization and other child diseases in the state.

He told reporters that enough vaccines had already been distributed across the 44 local governments of the state.

The commissioner stressed the need for parents, religious leaders and other health providers to redouble efforts towards public enlightenment on the importance of oral vaccine to children under five years old.

An official from Nigeria's Center for Disease Control has said that more than 2,000 cases had been recorded in the affected areas in the past two months.

Cholera is an acute intestinal infection that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to serious dehydration and prove fatal if not properly treated.

Editor: Yamei Wang
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