7 December 2012

Nigeria: Unknown Disease Kills Five, Affects 200 Households in Adamawa

Yola — At least five people have been confirmed dead, while 70 others are lying critically ill at the hospital following an outbreak of a yet to be diagnosed ailment. It was gathered that over 200 households in the border area of Mubi-South in Adamawa State have been affected.

Usman Lamorde, member representing Mubi-South in the state House of Assembly on Wednesday confirmed the death toll, saying the nature of the disease has not been determined.

Speaking on the floor of the House,Usman Lamorde said over 200 household were affected in Nduku-Seranyi village.

"This disease comes without warning, and by the time it is discovered, it's too late. The disease is characterized by excessive vomiting, diarrhoea, high fever and in some instances, coughing, hence the need for urgent intervention," he said.

Following the motion, Speaker of the state Assembly,Umaru Ahmad Fintiri, ordered that health officials be deployed with immediate effect to curtail the spread of the disease.

When contacted, the state's Commissioner for Health, Mrs Lilian Stephen, said disease control personnel have moved to the affected areas, and that the state government is waiting for the outcome of the specimen sent for analysis.

According to her, samples have since been sent to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Gombe for analysis.

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