Beware Cholera Can Kill Within Hours, NCDC Warns

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC), has warned that cholera, an acute diarrhea disease, can kill within hours.

It advised that foods be prepared properly to prevent the spread of the disease.

It gave the warning in a post on its social media handle on Tuesday.

Cholera, which is endemic in Nigeria, has killed no fewer than 3,604 people in 2021.

The country’s infectious disease agency report in January spanning December 27 till January 2, indicated that Nigeria in 2021 experienced one of the worst cholera outbreaks in many years.

According to the report, which ended the epidemiological cycle for 2021, Nigeria recorded 111,662 suspected cases of Cholera.

The figure of fatalities from the diarrheal disease in the year is more than the 3,103 deaths recorded from the coronavirus pandemic since its outbreak in Nigeria in February, 2020.

In a fresh message on its Twitter page, NCDC said: “With an incubation period of at least 2 hours, #Cholera can kill within hours if untreated.

“It is easily transmitted in areas with poor sanitation hygiene practices and lack of clean water. Reporting suspected cases early increases the chances of survival.”