Residents of Maru Local Government Council in Zamfara state need urgent help as women and children are mostly victims of the strange disease that is now killing them fast.

They say many people are affected by the disease which manifested in high fever, red eyes and swollen heads, culminating in death within three hours.

A resident, Kabir Mikailu told NAN that over 10 people died in the village and many others were rushed to General Hospital Dangulbi and the Yeriman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau for medical attention.

Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Salisu Isa-Dangulbi, said on Tuesday that four persons had died of the disease in Bindin village of the area.

The chairman told newsmen in Gusau that the council had mobilized a team of medical experts headed by its Director of Health to control the situation.

"We have also reported this situation to state government through the ministries of health and local government for further action.

"We are waiting for the medical team to finish its work so as to know the cause of the outbreak.

"Even though there are many speculations about the outbreak, some people are relating it to unprotected and illegal mining activities, but we cannot conclude now until the medical experts finish their work," he said.