At least two persons have been confirmed dead, while 25 other residents
of Lagos State are receiving treatment in hospitals following an
outbreak of cholera in three local government areas of the state
The Lagos State Government at a press conference in Alausa on Tuesday
that,the outbreak was due to the heavy rainfall being experienced and
the aftermath of flooding in the state.
“Twenty-seven cases have been listed by our epidemiology/disease
surveillance officers as of today, July 25, 2017. Two deaths were
recorded from the 27 cases.”
“In Oshodi-Isolo LGA, two cases were recorded. One was managed at a
private hospital and he is alive, while one died at home. In Surulere
LGA, 14 cases were reported and managed at Randle General Hospital. No
death was recorded,” the commissioner said.
“The main suspected source of infection is the contamination of water
sources with faecal matter from faulty septic tanks and soakaway,
following the heavy rainfall in the state. Samples of well water have
been collected and sent to the Lagos State Drug Quality Control
Laboratory. We are still expecting the results,” Idris added.
“The clinical manifestations of cholera are nausea, profuse diarrhoea,
vomiting (in early stages of illness), fever, and leg cramp. Later
presentations are dehydration, shock or coma,” he added.
Idris said the government had instituted measures to contain the outbreak.