The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has announced a total of 1,336 suspected cases of cholera, including 79 deaths, so far in 2023.
In its latest cholera situation epidemiological report on Monday, the NCDC revealed that 12 states across 43 local government areas reported the suspected cases, with a case fatality ratio of 5.9 per cent.
The 12 states reporting cases in the country are Abia, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Kano, Katsina, Niger, Ondo, Osun, Sokoto, and Zamfara.
Of all suspected cases, 53 per cent are males and 47 per cent are females.
According to the World Health Organisation, at least 24 countries continue to report cholera cases.
Regarding historical transmission patterns and seasonality, large parts of the world are currently in low or inter-epidemic transmission periods, therefore this number could increase in the months to come.
Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with Vibrio cholerae bacteria. People can get sick when they swallow food or water contaminated with cholera bacteria.