On Thursday, September 22, the Lagos state government has recorded 6 deaths from the cholera outbreak out of 45 cases in Isolo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos state.
According to the source Dr. Jide Idris, the state commissioner for health giving update on the outbreak, at a press conference in Lagos, explained that out of the six cases, two were brought in dead.
He said the main source of the outbreak has been traced to local consumption of Salad called Abacha.
“Some domestic wells within the communities are also suspected. Sample of Abacha salad and well water have been collected and sent to the Lagos State Drug Quality Control Laboratory for analysis.
“Samples were collected from 15 cases and taken to the central public health laboratory, Yaba. There were no growths, however continuous culture yielded Vibro cholerae from 7 out of 15 samples.
The Vibro cholera was late confirmed to be Ogawa strain,”
“the report of the analysis revealed the presence of vibro cholerae, Salmonella species and E. Coli in abacha and one of the two well water samples.”
“The risk of contracting the disease is mainly by poor water and environmental sanitation, including open defecation.”
“Lagosians should endeavour to wash their hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly, especially after using the rest room. Boil water before drinking, especially if you are not sure of the source of water.”