Via allAfrica.com, a long report from Daily Trust: Nigeria: Kano, Nasarawa Communities At the Mercy of Cholera Invasion (Page 1 of 3). Excerpt:
Again, cholera epidemic has hit Kano metropolis and some troubled areas in Nasarawa state, reportedly killing scores of people, with many others hospitalized in critical conditions.
Scores of people in Kano metropolis are now bedridden and agonizing in pains, as a result of the sudden outbreak of cholera in some parts of the state. The cholera epidemic struck the communities 10 days ago and has so far claimed the lives of over 12 persons.
Weekly Trust gathered that an estimated 336 people are presently receiving treatment at the Infectious Disease Hospital (Asibitin Zana) and various other emergency treatment centres in the state.
The disease, according to medical experts, occurs primarily by the contamination of food and drinking water as a result of poor environmental hygiene. They said the bacteria makes the infected person into uncontrolled diarrhea and vomiting, which can lead to rapid dehydration and death in some cases.
Weekly Trust gathered that in the last 10 days, the epidemic showed its presence in the state, unconfirmed death toll is pegged at about 12 people, with several others, on admission at various health centres, as doctors disclose that the figure is still on the increase.
However, the state government had last Tuesday confirmed the death of five persons and 336 other cholera victims receiving treatment at various emergency treatment centres.