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ACAPS Briefing Note: Niger - Cholera Epidemic in Maradi Region (24 August 2018)

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1,489 cholera cases (including 26 deaths) have been reported in Maradi region since 15 July. After showing signs of improvement in early August, the outbreak intensified after 10 August. More than 930 cases, including at least 19 deaths, have been reported since 11 August. The outbreak was initially contained in Madarounfa department but has now spread to the heavily populated city of Maradi, the capital of Maradi region. Heavy rainfall and floods in the area have affected more than 20,000 people and are exacerbating the risk of contamination.

Anticipated Scope and Scale

As of 15 August, 1,489 cases and 26 deaths have been reported in Maradi region but the caseload is likely to increase. In Madarounfa department, 90,000 people live in affected areas and the city of Maradi, home to more than 300,000 people, is also affected. High population density is propitious to contamination.

The outbreak is also likely to spread to other areas inside the region and even outside, due to poor health and WASH infrastructure, ongoing floods, and limited awareness of the contamination process among the population.