53 people killed by cholera in northeastern Nigeria

Thirty-five people have died in northeastern Nigeria following a cholera epidemic, according to a new toll from the Health Ministry in Borno state on Sunday.

“The death toll has risen to 35,” a ministry statement said, adding that “the total number of deaths of people suspected of cholera was 1283.”

Most of the deaths were reported in the Karajona camp for displaced people, home to about 20,000 people who fled the Bucco sanctuary of the Islamic extremist organization in the outskirts of Maiduguri.

An earlier toll of the same source on Tuesday indicated 21 deaths.

Cholera is an infectious disease caused by bacteria from water or food.

In total, 775 cases were reported in the IDP camp, which live in primitive shelters and rely entirely on food aid and drink from polluted wells.

Water-borne diseases are a constant threat in this camp, especially during the rainy season, as is currently the case because the drainage system is defective leading to water stagnation.