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FRESH CHOLERA OUTBREAK: 300 dead in Adamawa

By Umar Yusuf
YOLA—No fewer than 100 persons are feared dead as a water borne disease, confirmed to be cholera, ravaged the entire five local government areas of Adamawa Southern Senatorial Zone: Madagali, Michika, Maiha, Mubi North and Mubi South.

A similar outbreak in May and June left over 200 persons dead, and the zone declared epidemic disaster area.
Local community sources disclosed to Vanguard weekend in Yola that the outbreak of the disease this time around was first noticed penultimate Thursday, and had engulfed the entire five local government areas as at yesterday.

According to the sources, the spread of the disease looks was very fast as the epidemic looked like it was being pread by the wind.

Casualties rise
One source was even of the view that the cholera epidemic might be spreading from the Republic of Cameroon which the five local governments share common borders with.  Vanguard further learnt that the casualty figure might be much higher, even as more cases are being recorded while the disease continue to spread from one village to another in the mountainous border towns.

It was also learnt that medical supplies provided by basic health centres in the affected areas could not meet the demand caused by the magnitude of the epidemic.

Scores of villagers, who spoke to correspondents on condition of anonymity, regretted that as was the case in the previous outbreak, state government intervention came late.

Adamawa State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tijjani Maksha, could not be reached for comments.
Sources at the ministry, however, told Vanguard that the current outbreak might be the left over of the previous ones which has not been properly handled to prevent the re-occurrence.


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