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Deadly Cholera Outbreak in Northwest Nigeria

FILE - Children rescued from Boko Haram in Sambisa forest wash their hands at the Malkohi camp for Internally Displaced People in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria, May 3, 2015.

Health officials in Nigeria say 12 people have died from cholera in recent days.

More than 100 people have been sickened in the outbreak located in the Mubi district in the northeastern state of Adamawa.

Cholera is a bacterial disease spread by contaminated food or drinking water. It causes severe diarrhea and subsequent dehydration, and can kill within hours if not treated.

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