At least 67 dead from cholera outbreak in Nigeria

A health official says at least 67 people have died from an outbreak of cholera in northeastern Nigeria.

Updated: Aug 18, 2010, 11:28 AM IST

Bauchi: A health official says at least 67
people have died from an outbreak of cholera in northeastern
Nigeria.

Bauchi state health official Dr Musa Mohammed told
reporters today that more than 1,700 cases of the waterborne
infection have been reported in recent weeks. Mohammed says
that the infections likely came from the contamination of
wells and water sources used in the area.
Cholera is a fast-moving infection that causes diarrhoea
in victims, leading to severe dehydration and possible death.
The infection is highly contagious yet easily preventable with
clean water and sanitation.
The Nigerian cases comes as an outbreak in neighbouring
Cameroon has killed 155 people out of 2,000 confirmed cases.

PTI