The Lagos State government has raised an alarm over the highly aggressive and contagious cholera strain currently spreading in the state. Health Commissioner Professor Akin Abayomi revealed that the cholera sub-type O-1, responsible for the outbreak, is linked to more severe diseases.

As of now, Lagos has reported 17 confirmed cases and 15 fatalities. In a recent update on X, Abayomi emphasized the strain’s potential for widespread dissemination, but noted that community-based case finding and contact tracing efforts have shown a significant decline in new cases.

“The geographical distribution of suspected cases shows Lagos Island as the epicenter with 106 cases, followed by Kosofe (49), Eti-Osa (38), Lagos Mainland (30), and other areas including Ojo, Ikorodu, Shomolu, Surulere, Apapa, Mushin, and several more,” Abayomi stated. He added that the state is receiving support from the NCDC, WHO Nigeria, UNICEF Nigeria, and local NGOs in raising awareness and conducting surveillance.

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Ondo State Response: In response to the outbreak, the Ondo State government has activated its surveillance systems to ensure immediate action in case of cholera detection. Health Commissioner Dr. Banji Ajaka noted that although there were two cholera cases in the Okitipupa council area earlier this year, they were quickly contained by the state’s Rapid Response team.

Ajaka highlighted the strengthened surveillance team, bolstered by the COPREP programme, which includes community informants and contact tracers. These measures are in place to prepare for any potential cholera outbreak, ensuring rapid response and containment.

The collaborative efforts of state health officials, national agencies, and international partners aim to control the spread and impact of this highly contagious cholera strain in Lagos and beyond.