There is a yet to be identified disease outbreak in Sokoto State, and it has killed at least 9 persons already. 

It is suspected to be gastroenteritis which is also known as infectious diarrhoea. It is an inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract - the stomach and small intestine.

The deaths were confirmed by the Sokoto State government, and it said the disease is in 7 Local Government Areas of the state already.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mr Mustapha Ali, on Friday in Sokoto, listed 6 of the affected LGAs as: Illela, Sabon-Birni, Gada, Goronyo, Isa and Tureta.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that most of the LGAs border Republic of Niger.

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Ali stated that the situation was under control, as the State and Federal Government officials had been deployed to the affected areas while medications and other aids had also been made available.

He, however, debunked the claims that it was an outbreak of cholera, noting that experts had since taken samples for laboratory test in line with standard practice.

According to the PS, preliminary investigations revealed  that the deaths may be due to the consumption of contaminated water, as rain is at its peak in the affected areas.

Ali said 80 patients were hospitalised in Tureta town and its suburbs, adding that all the deaths are those recorded within the primary health care centres and hospitals.

He cautioned people against unwholesome food and water consumption, and urged hospital workers to be on alert by living up to the expectation of their services.

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