At least 80 people have lost their lives in the outbreak of cholera recorded in Zamfara state in the last one month.

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Suleiman Gummi, commissioner for health, said the disease had spread to 10 out of the 14 local government areas of the state.

He disclosed that 500 people were currently receiving treatment at various health facilities in the state.

Gummi said the state government had established special camps and had deployed medicine and health personnel to contain the situation.

He said the state government had reported the case to the federal government and more medical assistance was being expected.

The commissioner appealed to the citizens of the state to keep their environments clean and ensure to prepare their food under hygienic conditions.

The local government areas affected are; Bungudu, Maru, Maradun, Talata-Mafara and Bakura.

Others are: Shinkafi, Anka, Kaura -Namoda, Birnin-Magaji and Zurmi.

Residents had initially raised an alarm over the outbreak of what was feared to be a “strange killer disease”.

Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated.

It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae.