Death toll in Nigeria cholera outbreak increase

| Updated Sep 11, 2017 at 10:30am



Thirty-five more people have died in a cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria.

Local Health Officials say this is an increase from 21 deaths recorded at the start of last week.

But the total number of suspected cholera cases is more than one thousand two hundred.

Most of the cases and deaths have been at the Muna Garage camp on the outskirts of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, which houses about twenty thousand people who have fled the Boko Haram conflict living in makeshift accommodation, reliant on food handouts and communal water boreholes.

Water-borne diseases are a constant threat because of lack of adequate sanitation for the camp dwellers, especially during the current rainy season, when poor drainage causes stagnant pools.