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Cholera outbreak: Lagos health commissioner warns of highly aggressive, contagious strain

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Lagos State Health Commissioner, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has announced that the recent disease outbreak in the state has been confirmed as cholera. The identified strain is highly aggressive and contagious.

Abayomi shared this news on his X page on Monday, emphasizing the potential for the strain to spread widely. “Cholera Confirmation: Laboratory tests have confirmed that the outbreak is due to cholera. The identified strain is highly aggressive and contagious, with potential for widespread dissemination,” he wrote.

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The commissioner noted that the number of cases, identified through community-based case finding and contact tracing, has peaked and is now declining.

He provided details on the geographical distribution of suspected cases across Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Lagos State:

– Lagos Island: 106 cases
– Kosofe: 49 cases
– Eti-Osa: 38 cases
– Lagos Mainland: 30 cases
– Ojo: 17 cases
– Ikorodu: 16 cases
– Shomolu: 11 cases
– Surulere: 9 cases
– Apapa: 8 cases
– Mushin: 8 cases
– Ifako Ijaiye: 8 cases
– Alimosho: 4 cases
– Ajeromi-Ifelodun: 4 cases
– Oshodi-Isolo: 3 cases
– Ikeja: 3 cases
– Ibeju Lekki: 2 cases
– Badagry: 2 cases
– Amuwo-Odofin: 1 case

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Abayomi further stated, “350 suspected cases of cholera were reported in 29 wards across multiple LGAs in Lagos State, with 17 confirmed cases and 15 fatalities attributed to severe dehydration caused by delayed presentation.”

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