Medical teams have been rushed to villages around the Nigerian capital of Lagos as the death toll from the country's cholera outbreak rises.
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Background: Medical teams have been rushed to villages around the Nigerian capital of Lagos as the death toll from the country's cholera outbreak rises. Officially, thirteen people are known to have died in Lagos and the town of Ibadan, 90 miles (145 Kms) north of the capital.
A Lagos newspaper has said that the epidemic broke out a week ago in Awori district areas some 35 miles (56 Kms) west of Lagos. It said 56 people had died including a traditional ruler Oba (King) Moses Erinle. Health authorities said they could not confirm the casualty figure since those reported dead were not referred for examination. They added that all diarrhoea cases were not necessarily cholera. Syria has promised Nigeria one million doses of vaccine for use in the current anti-cholera campaign. The gift is expected to arrive next week.
The Nigerian Government has appealed to pilgrims wishing to make the annual pilgrimage to Mecca to wait until the danger is over. At present all pilgrims from Nigeria are required to produce a health certificated dated not more than seven days before their departure showing a negative result to a cholera check.