Cholera outbreak death toll rises to 75 in Katsina

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The Cholera outbreak death toll in Katsina state has increased to 75. 

The State Commissioner of Health, Engineer Yakubu Danja in a press briefing on Tuesday August 10 said one hundred and thirty four additional cases of cholera Outbreak have been confirmed with fifteen deaths across 25 Local Government Areas in Katsina State.

This brings the total to 1,534 confirmed cases and 75 deaths. Danja also confirmed that the state received the first report of suspected diarrhea and vomiting from the 5th May 2021 in Funtua Local Government Area, adding that as of August 8th 2021, a total of 1,534 cases including 75 deaths have been reported from 25 LGAs. 

67% of the reported cases are aged 15 years and above while 3 cases were reported for under 1. 53% are males, while 47% are females. A  total of 140 samples have been collected so far with 43 RDT positive, 2 culture positive where Funtua LGA had the highest number of cases with 384, followed by Sabuwa with 232, Kafur 215, Charanchi 135, Kankara 71 and Jibia with 69 cases.

Funtua LGA leads in terms of mortality with 18, followed by Charanchi LGA 14, Jibia LGA 11, Kankara LGA 5 as well as Sabuwa and Rimi having four each.

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The Commissioner urged members of the public to take deliberate effort to improve on their personal and environmental hygiene, regular hand washing with soap and water, boiling of water before drinking, proper cooking and storage of food, thorough washing of vegetables and fruits before eating, washing hands after using the toilet and proper disposal of feces and refuse.

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