WorldNiger: cholera spreads to three new regions

Niger: cholera spreads to three new regions


AA / Niamey / Kane Illa

Nigerien authorities said cholera, which was raging in three regions of the country, has spread to three other regions.

“As of August 15, 2021, in addition to the first 3 regions (Maradi, Zinder and Dosso), the regions of Niamey, Tahoua and Tillaberi have recorded confirmed cases,” said Minister of Public Health Idi Illiassou Mainassra in a press release made public Monday and consulted by the Anadolu Agency.

Recalling that “cholera is a very contagious disease which spreads quickly if the preventive measures are not respected”, he called on the populations to “strictly respect” the rules of hygiene “during wedding ceremonies, baptism , gatherings due to deaths and during travel “.

In a previous press release, the Minister of Public Health indicated that as of August 06, 213 cases of cholera have been recorded in the regions of Zinder (south), Maradi (center) and Dosso (west).

At least 12 deaths have been recorded, including 9 in Zinder and 3 in Maradi.

“Most of the cases are linked to an epidemic that has been raging for several months in neighboring cross-border regions,” said Minister Idi Illiassou Mainassra.

Niger experienced a cholera epidemic in 2018. The regions of Zinder, Maradi and Dosso were the most affected. At least sixty-eight (68) people lost their lives.

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