Suspected cholera outbreak kills 20 in Cross River community

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Twenty persons may have lost their lives to a cholera outbreak in the Ekeureku community in the Abi Local Government Area of Cross River.

The suspected outbreak has reportedly affected 10 villages in the Ekeureku community beginning Thursday.

Iwara Iwara, permanent secretary at the Cross River Ministry of Health, confirmed the outbreak but said he could not give the death toll figure.

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He, however, assured that the state government had activated a health rapid response team, which had swung into action in the community bordering Ebonyi.

One village head who requested anonymity said it all began when some villagers started feeling severe diarrhea and dehydration.

He said the health condition was initially thought to be associated with the dry season.

“We discovered that this time, the disease was spreading very fast and was killing affected persons within a few minutes of passing out watery stool.

“As of Saturday, more than 20 persons have died because of suspected cholera across the 10 villages,’’ he stated.

The village head added that the community had sent SOS to its natives working in the health sector and that from feedback so far received, the WHO and UNICEF would soon arrive to contain the situation.

Ekeureku is an agrarian community that could not provide potable water and lacked good health facilities.

The 10 villages that make up the keureku community are: Agbara, Ngarabe, Ekureku-be, Akpoha, Akare-for, Anong, Emenekpon, Etegevel, Egboronyi, and Emegeh.

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