Cholera Strain in Lagos Highly Aggressive, Contagious – Health Commissioner

The Lagos Government says the strain of cholera in the state is highly aggressive and contagious.

In a post on his X handle on Monday, the Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, after confirming the outbreak in the state, described the identified strain as “highly aggressive and contagious, with potential for widespread dissemination”.

Lagos has recorded 17 confirmed cases of cholera and 15 fatalities so far. According to the commissioner,  laboratory investigation has confirmed the strain to be cholera sub-type O-1, adding that the subtype is associated with more severe diseases.

Abayomi said through community-based case finding and contact tracing, the government observed that the number of cases “has peaked and is now significantly declining”.

He said: “The geographical distribution of suspected cases by Local Government Area showed that Lagos Island is the epicentre of the outbreak with 106 cases, followed by Kosofe with 49; Eti-Osa with 38; Lagos Mainland with 30; Ojo with 17; Ikorodu with 16; Shomolu with 11; Surulere with nine; Apapa with eight; Mushin with eight; Ifako Ijaiye with eight; Alimosho with four; Ajeromi-Ifelodun with four; Oshodi-Isolo with three; Ikeja with three; Ibeju Lekki with two; Badagry with two; and Amuwo-Odofin with one.

“We are receiving support from the NCDC and international partners, including the WHO Nigeria and UNICEF Nigeria. Local non-governmental organisations are actively involved in raising awareness and conducting community-based surveillance efforts.”

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