The chairman of the African Communicable Diseases Commission, John Nkengasong, has said that there is a possibility of a new outbreak of cholera in Nigeria.
The president was quoted by Reuters as saying that further investigation was needed.
This comes at a time when the United Kingdom and South Africa are reporting a new strain of the virus called SARS-Cov-2- virus, the virus that is thought to be spreading more rapidly. has led to the imposition of stricter travel regulations and disruptions in world markets.
“South Africa is very different from the United Kingdom,” John Nkengasong told a news conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“The kind we see in Nigeria, we don’t have any details on it, and it looks like 501.V2,” he said, referring to the new species seen in South Africa on December 18th.
Mr Nkengasong said the African and Nigerian Communicable Diseases Authority would further test different samples for further research.
In Nigeria, the number of people infected since the outbreak on Wednesday has reached 80,922, while 69,274 have been cured and 1,236 deaths have been reported.
Several states in the country are taking new steps to curb the spread of the disease, with the federal government earlier this week announcing the closure of parks, schools and food stalls and limiting staff to work. .