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Cholera possibly spreads to Nigeria: WHO

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LAGOS, Aug 27, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it feared that an outbreak of cholera could spread from Niger to neighboring areas of Nigeria, local media reported on Saturday.
Christine McNab, spokeswoman of the WHO, was quoted as saying that 17 new cases of the disease had been reported in Niger's southern Tahoua region since August 19. She added that 12 new cases of which, including four deaths, were founded in the district of Konni.

She said five other cases were also found in the past three days in the nearby district of Madaoua.

According to the WHO spokeswoman, 108 cases have been recorded in the Tahoua region since July, including 11 deaths.

"The newly affected districts are right by the border with Nigeria," she said. She added that they were greatly concerned about it because it was so close to the border with Nigeria. "We don't want to see that spread further or spread across borders."

Cholera is an acute infectious disease of the small intestine, caused by the bacterium vibrio cholera and characterized by profuse watery diarrhea, vomiting, muscle cramps, severe dehydration, and depletion of electrolytes. It can lead to rapid dehydration of the body and prove fatal unless treated quickly.