Abacha salad

LASG says it has recorded six deaths from cholera outbreak
out of 45 cases in some communities in Isolo Local Council
Development Area (LCDA).
Dr Jide Idris, the State Commissioner for Health, who made
the disclosure on Thursday at a news conference in Lagos,
however, was not specific about the timing of the incident.
Idris said that state government was already taking
appropriate measures and had contained the outbreak.
According to him, the ministry was notified of an upsurge of
diarrhoea diseases in some communities in Isolo LCDA.
“Following this, 45 cases were line-listed by the
Epidemiology Unit of the ministry.
“Six deaths were recorded among the 45 cases.
“Majority of the cases did not present with the classical
rice-water stool, rather they presented with atypical
diarrhoea and vomiting.
“Ano-rectal swabs were collected from 15 cases and taken
to the Central Public Health Laboratory, Yaba.
“Initially, there were no growths; however, continuous
culture yielded Vibro cholera from seven out of the 15
samples,’’ he said.
The commissioner said that the “Vibrio cholera was later
confirmed to be Ogawa strain”.
He said, “The main suspected source of infection is the
salad called `Abacha’, a staple food of the residents of Isolo
LCDA and adjourning LGAs/LCDAs.
“Some domestic wells within the communities are also
“Samples of the ‘Abacha salad’ and well water were
collected and sent to the Lagos State Drug Quality Control
Laboratory for analysis.
“The report of the analysis revealed the presence of Vibrio
cholera, Salmonella species and E.coli in `Abacha’ and one
of the two well water samples.”
NAN reports that Cholera “is an acute diarrhoea disease
with or without vomiting caused by a bacteria referred to as
Vibro cholera, and it is transmitted through ingestion of food
or water contaminated with infective faeces.


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