Five persons have died following a fresh outbreak of cholera epidemic in Jos North area of Plateau state, commissioner for health in the state, Dr Kuden Kamshak Deyin, has revealed.

He said the cholera outbreak was recorded in six wards of Naraguta B, Abba NaShehu, Lamingo, Angwan Robot/Rimi, Ali Kazaure and Jenta Adamu electoral wards.

“In the last two years, the state did not recorded any cholera outbreak, but, this year, from epidemic week on the May 23, 2018, till date, we have long list of 126 cases of cholera outbreak and five deaths. The epidemic is recorded in six wards in Jos North Local Government area,” he said.

“People need to protect themselves against cholera, by having the appropriate vaccinations beforehand, drinking only water that is boiled or from a sealed bottle, and following good hand-washing practices, which is very important to prevent the spread of the disease.”

Deyin advised the residents to seek medical attention, immediately, if they experience symptoms, such as leg cramps, vomiting and diarrhea while in a community where the disease exists.

He urged the public to avoid salads, raw fish and uncooked vegetables, and ensure that food is thoroughly cooked, water bottled or boiled and safe to consume, and avoid street food, which, he said, can carry cholera and other diseases.