Southwestern Nigeria cholera outbreak kills three

Nigerian health officials announced on Friday that an outbreak of cholera in southwestern Nigeria has killed three people and hospitalized 42 others.

Temitope Ilori, the Osun State health commissioner, said that victims of the disease were struck by the of stooling and vomiting. She said that the state government is taking action to stop the disease from spreading from the affected zone in Ede north and south, reports.

"The government is in total control of the situation now, having directed the Rural Water Environment and Sanitation Agency as well as officials of the Ministries of Health, Environment and Sanitation to bring the situation under control," Ilori said, according to

Health workers are monitoring the outbreak, the victims and the environment in the affected areas.

Ilori said that victims of the outbreak visiting local health facilities were receiving necessary treatment. She expressed optimism that the health officials in the area would keep the disease from spreading.

"Government will do everything possible to alleviate the pains of the victims," Ilori said, according to

In 2010, an epidemic of cholera killed more than 1,500 people and caused approximately 38,173 cases throughout Nigeria. It was the worst outbreak recorded in two decades in the west African nation.