Kano confirms strange disease outbreak linked to cerebro spinal meningitis
Kano State government has confirmed the outbreak of a strange killer-disease in Dungurawa Village, Dawakin Tofa Local Council, linking the development to outbreak of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM).
Eight persons have been confirmed dead in the village to the strange illness within seven days after multiple symptoms of high fever, headache and stomach pains.The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kabir Ibrahim Getso, who addressed journalists yesterday on the development, said the outcome of laboratory investigation confirmed the victims died of CSM.
Besides, the commissioner hinted that investigation by the emergency response team confirmed additional six cases with similar symptoms had been hospitalised at the primary health facility in the community.
According to him: “The findings of our investigation revealed that the deceased persons had high grade of fever, vomiting and convulsions. Between 15th and 25th, seven cases died most of who are closely related. The first index case developed first symptoms on 15th and died same day.
“The results of laboratory test on the additional cases showed that they are afflicted by Cerebrospinal Spinal Meningitis (CSM) Type A. Additional cases are receiving adequate care in our health facilities.”
Getso, who stated that consultation with the Federal Ministry of Health and development partners was in top-gear to source for vaccines, said: “To curtail the spread of the disease, government has strengthened and intensified surveillance at all levels of health care delivery, and activated 24 hours hotline to facilitate reporting and timely response to report cases (08085455555, 09023755555, 08050595019).”
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