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Overall cholera numbers fall, although Nigeria's cases double in a month

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  • 24,519 cholera cases and 484 deaths have been reported in 17 countries in West and Central Africa in 2013 -- 64 per cent less than last year.

  • The most affected countries by number are DRC, the Republic of Congo, and Guinea Bissau.

  • The peak months of cholera occurred between mid-March to mid-April; the lowest period of reported cases was from mid-June to mid-July.

  • There has been a 100 per cent increase in the number of reported cholera cases in Nigeria in October as compared to September.

  • The current hotspots are: (1) Nigeria, (2) Guinea Bissau, (3) DRC, (4) Guinea and Sierra Leone (5) Togo and Benin – ranked in order of importance.

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