Mysterious Illness Triggers Ongoing NCDC Investigation

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The mysterious illness which has emerged in Kaduna, Sokoto and Zamfara states have prompted the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) to initiate a thorough investigation.

The NCDC, through its official website, has confirmed its active involvement in analysing samples from affected individuals to ascertain the cause of this unusual health issue.

According to the Nigerian public health agency, 196 cases have been reported in Isa, Sabon Birni and Ilella LGAs of Sokoto State, resulting in seven fatalities.

“Samples have been sent to sister laboratories for further analysis. Reports of similar cases in Zamfara State have prompted the dispatch of a National Rapid Response Team (NRRT) to assess and provide support. Residents, particularly in Kaduna State, are urged to promptly report symptoms such as fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and weight loss,” stated a spokesperson.

The suspected heavy metal poisoning, linked to mining activities, raises concerns about environmental contamination.

“Exposure to heavy metals poses severe health risks, necessitating preventive measures such as avoiding direct exposure to dust and soil and enforcing safety standards in mining operations,” the NCDC emphasised.

The NCDC reaffirmed its commitment to collaborating with affected states and providing timely updates to the public.

In a separate report, the Sokoto State government has confirmed 35 cases of Ascites disease in Isa local government area, expressing disappointment at the lack of communication from health stakeholders in the area.

Ascites, characterised by fluid accumulation in the abdomen, is not infectious but can result from underlying medical conditions such as liver cirrhosis or heart failure. Treatment options include diuretics, paracentesis, shunts, or surgical interventions like TIPS or liver transplant for severe cases.

This situation underscores the importance of immediate action and stringent regulations to safeguard public health and prevent further harm.

Racheal Abujah
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