Bauchi state government has confirmed that 20 persons has died of suspected Cholera outbreak in the state.

The state commissioner for health, Dr. Aliyu Maigoro who disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Tuesday, said so far, a total of 322 cases has been reported in the state.

He explained that 147 of the cases were recorded in the state capital while the remaining 175 cases were reported from 9 other Local Government Area of the state.

“As of today, we have 322 reported cases out of which we lost about 20 patients. This brings the fatality rate to almost 6.2,” Dr Maigoro disclosed.

“Based on the epidemiological pattern and the clinical diagnosis, the physicians and response team are aware of the case definition and we have been following this event closely.”

“The index case for this outbreak is a 37-year-old housewife who complained of abdominal pains, diarrhea, and vomiting at the General Hospital in Burra, on April 24.

Dr. Maigoro said the state has activated its rapid response team and isolation centres in all the general hospitals of the affected local government areas, while four cholera treatment units have also been activated in the Bauchi metropolis.

Health officials are working with the community and religious leaders to sensitise local residents, Dr Maigoro said.

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