Kano State government, yesterday, confirmed three people dead and 284 others infected in the outbreak of a yet-to-be-identified disease in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim-Tsanyawa, confirmed the outbreak of the strange disease at a briefing in Kano.
Ibrahim-Tsanyawa said the infected people had been admitted in 25 health facilities across the state.
He explained that the disease, whose outbreak was recorded on March 10, was suspected to be caused by consumption of contaminated flavour and a brand of expired instant drink products.
The commissioner said 284 people were infected with the disease in 13 local government areas, adding that 101 of them had been discharged, with 183 currently on admission.
He listed the affected areas as Dala; Gwale, Kano Municaipal, Fage, Ungogo, Kumbotso, Tarauni, Bunkure, Rano, Dawakinjudu, Dawakin Tofa, Gwarzo and Danbatta.
“The index is a six-year old girl, who developed abdominal pain, vomiting, jaundice and urine with blood (hematuria) after drinking water bought from a vendor.
“The vendor was said to have sourced the water from a borehole at a cemetery in the metropolis.
“The assumption involves instant drink flavour powder and a variety of salt for industrial use (caustic powder).
“Water, blood and different instant drink flavour powder samples have been taken for tests to pin down a diagnosis, ranging from food-borne disease, food poisoning, Lassa fever, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, Chemical poisoning to Toxic Hepatitis,” he said.
Ibrahim-Tsanyawa noted that the ministry was still awaiting the results of sample analyses to establish the cause(s) of the infection and identify the disease.
He added that the ministry had stepped up sensitisation and engagement with stakeholders to ensure that people became aware of the recent development and know the best way to protect themselves.
Kano Caused By Dansami Poisoning – NAFDAC
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says the strange illness in Kano is caused by food poisoning.
Mojisola Adeyeye, NAFDAC director-general, confirmed this in an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday.
TheCable had reported how the outbreak of a strange infection had led to the death of two persons and hospitalisation of 183 others in the state.
As of the time of reporting, the cause of the illness was only suspected to be food poisoning.
The state ministry of health confirmed that the affected patients presented symptoms of haematuria which causes bloody urine or dark urine, fever, lethargy, and sometimes jaundice.
Adeyeye described the incident as ”very serious”, adding that investigations are still in progress.
“The Kano incident is a case of food poisoning with flavored drinks that has a chemical called dansami. It is very serious because the food poisoning resulted in diarrhea, vomiting, and hospitalisation,” she said.