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Two persons have been confirmed dead following an outbreak of cholera in three local government areas of Lagos State.

25 other residents are receiving treatment in hospitals.

The disease was recorded in Shomolu, Oshodi-Isolo and Surulere Local Government Areas.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who confirmed the outbreak said the upsurge was recorded on July 19; Oshodi-Isolo, July 20 and Surulere, July 21.

He stated that after the outbreak, 27 persons were placed under surveillance, but the number had reduced to 25, following death of two patients.

The Commissioner lamented that the death recorded was because the victims did not visit the nearest Primary Healthcare Centre or hospital to get treatments early enough.

Narrating how the disease occurred, Idris said: “In Shomolu, six cases were recorded, of which one died.

“In Oshodi-Isolo, two cases were recorded; while one is still alive, the other died at home. And in Surulere, 14 cases were reported. In this council, we have successfully managed it and no death recorded."

According to him, majority of the cases presented were typical diarrhoea and vomiting.

The commissioners hinted that suspected cause was their water source, which was contaminated with faecal matter from faulty septic tanks and soak-aways.

He stressed that due to persistent rainfall recorded within the communities, septic tanks became filled and overflowed, contaminating their water source.

Idris said the government had instituted measures to contain the outbreak.

He said, “The medical directors of our general hospitals have been placed on alert and fact sheets on cholera forwarded to both public and private hospitals. Our community health workers are in the communities to prevent the spread of the disease. Chlorination of water supply has been intensified, awareness campaign is ongoing.