Cholera in Nigeria (update)
25 August 2010
Several states in the north of the country have been badly affected by a widespread cholera outbreak.
More than 5 000 individuals have been affected by the infection and 283 resulting deaths have been recorded. The worst affected states are Adamawa, Bauchi and Borno; cases have also been reported from Kaduna, Katsina and Yobe state.
Contaminated drinking water is a common source of infection during the rainy season.
Advice for travellers
Travellers to outbreak areas who will be mixing closely with the local population can be vaccinated against cholera if unable to ensure that drinking water is safe.