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Abacha Salad Blamed For The Cholera Outbreak That Killed 6 In Isolo Lagos

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September 22, 2016 – Abacha Salad Blamed For The Cholera Outbreak That Killed 6 In Isolo Lagos

LASG says it has recorded six deaths from cholera outbreak out of 45 cases in some communities in Isolo Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

Dr Jide Idris, the State Commissioner for Health, who made the disclosure on Thursday at a news conference in Lagos, however, was not specific about the timing of the incident.

Idris said that state government was already taking appropriate measures and had contained the outbreak.
According to him, the ministry was notified of an upsurge of diarrhoea diseases in some communities in Isolo LCDA.

“Following this, 45 cases were line-listed by the Epidemiology Unit of the ministry.
“Six deaths were recorded among the 45 cases.
“Majority of the cases did not present with the classical rice-water stool, rather they presented with atypical diarrhoea and vomiting.
“Ano-rectal swabs were collected from 15 cases and taken to the Central Public Health Laboratory, Yaba.
“Initially, there were no growths; however, continuous culture yielded Vibro cholera from seven out of the 15 samples,’’ he said.

The commissioner said that the “Vibrio cholera was later confirmed to be Ogawa strain”.
He said, “The main suspected source of infection is the salad called `Abacha’, a staple food of the residents of Isolo LCDA and adjourning LGAs/LCDAs.

“Some domestic wells within the communities are also suspected.
“Samples of the ‘Abacha salad’ and well water were collected and sent to the Lagos State Drug Quality Control Laboratory for analysis.

“The report of the analysis revealed the presence of Vibrio cholera, Salmonella species and E.coli in `Abacha’ and one of the two well water samples.”

NAN reports that Cholera “is an acute diarrhoea disease with or without vomiting caused by a bacteria referred to as Vibro cholera, and it is transmitted through ingestion of food or water contaminated with infective faeces.



  1. Metu Nyetu

    September 22, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    ABACHA CANNOT be the source of cholera. This people should speak like educated people and not attempt to send panic across. They should have stressed on the kind of water used to process the abacha. If unhygienic water is used to wash the sponge-like food, then we shouldn’t be surprised if some diseases sprout from out dining tables, especially as abacha if often not prepared with heat which would have killed germs. Hence we should endevour to wash it with clean/hygienic water.

  2. sola olaniyi

    September 23, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    you’re right @metu

  3. Koolz

    September 23, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    10/10 @ Dr. Metu Nyetu, well spoken, I can see you are a real warrior of Abacha Salad.. Lol… No mind them, thank God sey no be Sani Abacha get the salad people for don begin smoke the Abacha sef…
    Honestly I can’t even eat that salad called Abacha as I never see anything sweet delicacy about it.. But if you see where my colleagues rush this salad with cow tail over here Ehh despite been a foreign country, honestly you go think say Sani Abacha don return to earth with all the money wey he give lucifer come begin share the money in form of Abacha Salad.. Nawa oo.. Naija don’t take last at all.

    Uncontaminated clean food/water cannot by any means cause bacterial disease… The way you prepare your dish is what makes you healthier or sick. Therefore good hygienical processes has to be taken while preparing and maintaining/preserving your dishes. Most bacterial diseases can be traced mostly from dirty untreated waters.

    RIP to the death, and quick recovery to the hospitalized..

    And So… Let’s Keep Kool… While…

    #LGO: Life Goes On..#

    • Metu Nyetu

      September 24, 2016 at 7:11 AM

      LOLZ! YOU ARE missing big. For your info, abacha is even a menu in heaven. Read your bible well. Lolz!


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