Cholera breaks out in Nigeria


A cholera outbreak killed 12 people and may have infected at least 134 others in the Nigerian state Adamawa, a medical official said.

“So far 12 people have died from the disease and there are many more cases”, said Ezra Sakawa, medical director of the general hospital for Mubi, where the disease struck.
“We have little manpower to deal with an outbreak of such magnitude,” Sakawa said, adding nurses were on strike.

North-east Nigeria is ground zero for Nigeria’s nine-year war against Islamist insurgency Boko Haram and its offshoot, now Islamic State’s West Africa ally.

The conflict spawned one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises, with millions of people displaced and needing aid to survive.

Conditions are ripe for any outbreak of disease, such as cholera, to be deadly on a wide scale, humanitarian workers say.

Mubi, although less affected by the humanitarian crisis, has been attacked repeatedly by suspected Boko Haram militants.