Neighbouring Cameroon has been suffering its worst epidemic of cholera, a disease generally spread through food and water contaminated with bacteria, since 2004 and there had been fears that the outbreak could spread into Nigeria and Chad.
â€œRecent cases are mainly from the northeastern part of the country,â€ said Dr Henry Akpan, head of epidemiology in Nigeriaâ€™s ministry of health, adding that 4,665 cases had been recorded in Africaâ€™s most populous nation since January. Nigeria is also fighting a measles epidemic.
The disease, characterised by a high temperature and red spots on the body, has killed more than 1,400 people in Africa this year in some of the most serious outbreaks seen for a decade.
Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Nigeria had confirmed 4,771 cases in 2010, a ten_fold increase on the same period last year. He said government would provide N2.1 b ($14 million) of vaccines and syringes to combat the epidemic.