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Health News of Monday, 15 November 2021


Nigeria records four deaths, as cholera cases hits 100,057

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The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) according to its latest epidemiological report has said 4 persons have died with 78 more affected by suspected cholera cases in the country from November 1 to 7, 2021.

The report states that 3,449 deaths have been recorded and 100,057 suspected cases recorded across 32 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory as of November 7, 2021. These figures represent a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 3.4 percent, the post on Facebook revealed.

Six states reported 78 new suspected cases while four fatalities were reported from the two undisclosed states with a weekly case fatality ratio (CFR) of 5.1 per cent.

Borno State in the North-east and Kebbi State in the North-west accounted for 67 per cent of the cases, with 32 and 20 cases reported respectively.

Adamawa State in the North-east also reported 19 suspected cases while Cross River State in the South-south reported three cases, and two South-western states of Ogun and Oyo recorded two cases each, Premium Times reports.

The data in the reporting week shows 81 per cent decrease in the number of new suspected cases in week 44 compared to week 43 where 409 cases were reported.

The NCDC noted that during the reporting week, nine Cholera Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDT) were conducted with five in Adamawa and a single one conducted in four states of Kebbi, Cross River, Ogun and Oyo, according to Premium Times.

Out of the figure, a total of three cases, representing 33 per cent, were positive by RDT.

The centre added that a single stool culture was conducted in Adamawa, which came out negative.