Niger: cholera epidemic record stands at 13 out of 993 cases (UN)

The cholera epidemic that has been going on since last July in the Madarounfa district of Maradi, central Niger, has killed 13 people out of a total of 993 people affected, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs announced on Saturday ( OCHA) of the UN Niamey.The epidemic declared on July 5 in the health district of Madarounfa, has stretched to the health district of the municipality of Maradi, the capital of the region, specifies the same source, adding that the rate of ltalit is 1.3%. The integrated health center of Dan issa (Madarounfa) is the most affected with 413 cases, the Nigerian Minister of Health, Idi Illiassou Maanassara, on mission in the area reassured that "everything is under control at the moment", stating that the Nigerian State, in collaboration with the partners, is deploying all the means necessary for a good control of the situation. All patients are supported at the level of health districts.For him, "it is an epidemic, because almost 90% of cases come from the big neighbor, Nigeria." Reminder, cholra is a disease bacterial causing serious diarrhea, and which is transmitted through the water. It appeared for the first time in Niger in 1971. Since 1990, the general trend has been an annual increase in the frequency and size of epidemics. Between 1994 and 2016, epidemiological surveillance accounted for 23,740 cases with 1,064 deaths, a high rate of 4.5%, according to official statistics. The main epidemics were recorded in the Tillabry region, along the Niger River. , and in those of Tahoua, Maradi and Zinder, the border with Nigeria.

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