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Outbreak in Lagos: 5 Dead, 60 Hospitalized, Potential Cholera Alert

Outbreak in Lagos: 5 Dead, 60 Hospitalized, Potential Cholera Alert

Five people have died, and 60 others are hospitalized due to a severe gastroenteritis outbreak in Eti Osa, Lagos Island, Ikorodu, and Kosofe areas of Lagos State.

The Health Commissioner, Prof. Akin Abayomi, shared this information, noting the need for increased vigilance and precautionary measures to prevent a potential cholera outbreak.

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Abayomi mentioned that five deaths occurred mainly due to patients arriving late with severe dehydration. The state has heightened surveillance and response measures, with the Health Ministry and Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) investigating possible water contamination in the Lekki Victoria Island area.

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While cholera is suspected, samples are being tested for confirmation. As of April 28, 2024, Nigeria reported 815 suspected cholera cases and 14 deaths in 25 states.

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Recent rains have led to more cases of severe vomiting and diarrhea in Lagos, especially in urban slums and crowded areas with poor sanitation.

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