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Cholera kills 80 in Zamfara

Commissioner for Health in Zamfara State, Alhaji Suleiman Gummi, has said no fewer than 80 people were killed by a cholera outbreak in the state in the last one month.

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Cholera patients

The commissioner told newsmen on Tuesday, March 14 2017 in Gusau, the state capital, that 500 others were currently receiving treatment at various health facilities in the state.

He said the disease had spread to 10 out of the 14 local government areas (LGAs) of the state.

Gummi stated that the state government had established special camps and had deployed medicine and health personnel there to contain the situation.

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He added that the state government had reported the case to the Federal Government and more medical support were being expected.

The commissioner appealed to the citizens of the state to keep their environments clean and also ensure to prepare their food under hygienic conditions.

The LGAs affected are Bungudu, Maru, Maradun, Talata-Mafara and Bakura.

Others include: Shinkafi, Anka, Kaura-Namoda, Birnin-Magaji and Zurmi.

Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated. It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae.

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