NCDC deploys team to Kano over strange illness

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Monday, said, it has deployed a National Rapid Response Team to Kano state, to unravel the outbreak of a strange illness and manage the identified victims.

Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclose to newsman in Abuja during a Presidential Task9 Force on COVID-19, briefing.

According to the NAN report, Health authorities in Kano State government confirmed during the weekend that at least over 200 people had been affected and four others killed by the strange illness in 13 local government areas of the state.

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Ihekweazu said the state’s Ministry of Health reported a cluster of cases in 13 LGAs in the state with the victims showing symptoms that included fever, vomiting, yellowish eyes and abdominal pain.

“We have tested four samples taken from these cases for Lassa fever and yellow fever at the NCDC National Reference Lab. But their results were negative.

“A National Rapid Response Team with colleagues from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), NCDC and NAFDAC, have now been deployed to Kano State.

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“We are working with our sister agency, NAFDAC, as well as a toxicologist from FMoH to test for potential non-infectious causes,” he explained.

Ihekweazu said that the agency had also collected additional human and environmental samples for metagenomic sequencing – a method for detecting rare new causes of illness.

‘Our immediate focus is to identify the cause of this outbreak, ensure management of current cases and to control transmission.

‘We will continue to keep members of the public aware of our findings, while we support the state’s response,’ he said

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