Mysterious disease left 15 dead in Nigerian

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Mysterious disease left 15 dead in Nigerian

 International Desk

 Published: 06:36 PM, 10 February 2020  

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The Nigerian government has warned of a “strange epidemic” which has left 15 people dead and infected dozens more in less than a week.

The outbreak of the mysterious disease, which causes vomiting, swelling and diarrhoea, was first recorded late last month in Benue State, southeast of the capital Abuja.

By 3 February, “the number of persons affected with the strange endemic has risen to 104”, said Nigerian senator, Abba Moro, according to newspaper the Daily Post.

In a Senate resolution, Mr. Moro, who represents a district in Benue State, named a number of victims of the disease, who all allegedly died within 48 hours of contracting the illness.

It also called for the Nigeria Centres for Disease Control (NCDC) to establish surveillance measures to contain its spread, the Post reported.