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Nigeria Northeast: OCHA Flash Update No. 03 - Cholera Outbreak | 09 September 2017

Situation Overview

The cholera outbreak in north-east Nigeria, that started on 16 August 2017, has now claimed the lives of at least 30 individuals in Borno State. The number of suspected cases stands at 1,165, with confirmed outbreaks in Maiduguri, Dikwa and Monguno.

Further data verification is needed from Monguno and regarding potential cases in Konduga and Mafa. In addition, because more than half of the suspected cases in the confirmed locations are outpatients, the above numbers may not reflect the true total caseload. Most cases are concentrated in the “Muna Corridor” in Maiduguri, which includes 15 sites for displaced, including Muna Garage, Customs House and Farm Centre

The World Health Organization carried out a rapid risk assessment and has graded the risk of spread in the Borno capital as “high,” given the congestion, poor infrastructure and water/sanitation conditions in the area.

Health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) humanitarian partners are coordinating the response and supporting the Borno State Ministry of Health to contain the outbreak. This involves a significant scale-up in treatment, prevention and preparedness activities, especially in Dikwa.

Women and girls are considered to be particularly at risk as gender roles influence the exposure to cholera. For example, it is usually women and girls who care for sick family members, clean latrines, fetch and handle untreated water and prepare  food.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Government of Nigeria - Ministry of Health
Original Publication Date: 
09 Sep 2017
Document type: 
Situation Report
Coordination hub(s): 
Borno State
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