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The Borno State Commissioner for Health, Juliana Bitrus addresses a press conference on August 31, 2021.

 

The Borno state government on Tuesday declared an outbreak of Cholera in the state.

The declaration followed the death of 43 persons who suffered from the disease across seven local governments of the state.

Juliana Bitrus, the Borno State Commissioner for Health, said 559 suspected cases have so far been recorded but only 57 out of that number were hospitalized.

According to her, the outbreak was detected in seven local governments, including Gwoza, Kaga, Hawul, Magumeri, Damboa, Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Jere.

Gwoza has the highest prevalence with 72 suspected cases, 18 deaths and 35 persons currently on admission.

Out of the seven local governments, Maiduguri has the lowest suspected cases and recorded no death.

The Commissioner noted that isolation wards have since been established in secondary health centers for the management of the disease.

Cholera spreads through contaminated food and water, with symptoms such as diarrhoea and dehydration.