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Cholera Kills 44 in Nigeria From 2,300 Suspected Cases, UN Says

An outbreak of cholera in the troubled northeast of Nigeria has killed 44 people from 2,300 suspected cases since the waterborne disease appeared in mid-August, the United Nations said.

Some 3.7 million people could be affected by the outbreak in Borno state, an area already hit by one of the world’s most severe relief crises, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in an emailed statement Monday. Borno is the birthplace of the Boko Haram Islamist group that is waging a violent campaign to impose its version of Islamic law.

As many as 1.8 million people have fled their homes due to the violence, according to the UN. “The camps for displaced persons are congested, there is not enough water, sanitation facilities are poor, and the health-care system is weak,” Peter Lundberg, deputy humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria, said, according to the statement.

The cholera outbreak was first detected in the Muna Garage camp for internally displaced persons in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, and spread quickly to six other locations, the UN Children’s Fund said earlier this month.

— With assistance by Yinka Ibukun

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