Bauchi debunks cholera outbreak



Bauch State has debunked news making the rounds of an outbreak of cholera in some towns of the north Eastern State.
Dr. Ahmed Fanti is the state’s Director of Disease Control, who said there is no such case in the state.
He disclosed in Bauchi, the state capital on Wednesday, that there was no single record of cholera as rumoured in some locations in Shira Local Government Area.
According to Fanti, the State Rapid Response Team had investigated the case and found no record of such disease.
“There was no any case of cholera in Shira as speculated by people, the state team was at the local government to get samples but no one could either vomit or pass stool that will be use as sample to carry out the test, which will confirm that the person has cholera,” he said.
He however advised the public to stop spreading falsehood that could disrupt the peace of the state.
During the colonial era up to 1960, Bauchi had formed part of the Bauchi Plateau of the then Northern Region, until the 1967 state creation exercise, when the Bauchi, Borno, and Adamawa provinces constituted the former North-Eastern State.
Bauchi however became a state in 1976 from the defunct North-Eastern State and in 1996, Gombe State was further created from it.
According to the 2006 census, the state has a population of 4,653,066.
Cholera is an infection of the small intestine by some strains of the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. The classic symptom is large amounts of watery diarrhea that lasts a few days. Vomiting and muscle cramps may also occur. Diarrhea can be so severe that it leads within hours to severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. This may result in sunken eyes, cold skin, decreased skin elasticity, and wrinkling of the hands and feet. The dehydration may result in the skin turning bluish. Symptoms start two hours to five days after exposure.


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