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Four people have been reported dead from what is suspected to be cholera in Madube village of Gwoza Local Council of Borno State.
The disease was said to have spread from neighbouring Adamawa State, with Madube as the closest village in Borno State to Adamawa’s communities.
About 80 lives have been lost in the epidemic that has swept through seven of the 21 local councils in Adamawa State in the past two months, especially in the northern part of the state.
The Adamawa State commissioner of information, Musa Bubakari Kamale, recently said the outbreak of the disease had also afflicted 934 persons, with Mubi North Local Council - where 22 persons were confirmed dead - Fufore, Hong, Mubi South, Michika, Madagali worst hit.
Mr. Abbas also explained that the council has invited officials of the World Health Organisation to take specimen of the virus to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital for confirmation.
When NEXT visited Gwoza General Hospital, women and children affected by the disease were seen lying down on the floor in an isolation room.
One of the victims, Fatima Ibrahim, said the illness started with stomach pains, which later resulted in vomiting and passing of uncontrollable stool.
Most of the other patients who spoke to NEXT complained about the source of their drinking water, attributing the outbreak to water contamination.
Originally posted by kyred
Why so much terrible things come from Africa? Killer bees. West Nile Virus. AIDS from Green Monkey tails. Ebola.
WTF? Is that continent the source of all this or a playground for microbiologists terrorists?
Or, maybe, should we should all just let nature take its course on that continent?
The title of Dark Continent seems fitting to me.
5th Oct 2009
Yola — The death toll from the strange disease ravaging parts of Adamawa State has continued to increase, the health workers' union has said.
The Chairman of the Medical and Health Union Comrade Jeremiah Nyekwor while speaking with Daily Trust shortly after an emergency meeting in Yola at the weekend said the drugs procured for the victims would not be administered properly without the assistance of trained health personnel. According to him, the number of deaths recorded across the state has doubled the number earlier announced by the state government, adding that a situation where the health of people at grassroots is being threatened is not pleasant.
"Let me be frank with you, the number given by the state commissioner for information is an understatement, people are dying in hundreds while thousands are being infected by the disease suspected to be cholera.
It's unfortunate that the government is unmindful of the deadly situation because it is being handled by people with selfish interests," Nyekwor said.
"The government should take responsibility for the suffering as a result of the ongoing strike because the government caused it. Deaths in the recent cholera outbreak could have been avoided were health workers not on strike", he said.
Originally posted by Scarcer
Does anyone know if Cholera is aerobic or anaerobic? I can't find this anywhere.
If it's anaerobic than it should be very vulnerable to oxidation treatments such as MMS or hydrogen peroxide.
Well most harmful bacteria are anaerobic any way.