Nigeria – Cholera (ECHO)
The cholera outbreak that erupted in summer 2013 in central Nigeria continues. Last weekly statistics (14 to 20 May) show 1.500 new cases and 17 related deaths, mainly in Bauchi State.
Since the beginning of the year, 17,266 cases were treated and 212 lives were lost.
Case Fatality Rate (CFR) remains low (1.2%) due to the mobilization of the health system and the support of MSF.
Concerns remain important with the advent of the rainy season and the lack of reliable epidemiological data from the Northeastern States under “state of emergency” because of Boko Haram activities.
Nigeria is prone to annual cholera outbreaks. The last big epidemic lasted 3 years (2009 to 2011), affected more than 80.000 persons and killed 2.873 (CFR 3.5%).