Diphtheria kills three, leaves seven hospitalised in Kaduna

A suspected outbreak of diphtheria in Makarfi Local Government Area of Kaduna State has killed three children and left seven others hospitalised.

Aliyu Alassan, the health secretary of the Makarfi Local Government Council, confirmed the development in an interview on Saturday.

He said the suspected cases occurred at the local government’s Tashar Na Kawu, Gubuchi Ward.

Mr Alassan said most of the affected victims were children, adding that the specimen of the victims had been forwarded to Abuja for analysis.

“Those suspected with the disease have been taken to the hospital and isolated for medical observation, while contact tracing is going on to prevent further spread of the disease,” he said.

The state Ministry for Health had earlier confirmed cases of Diphtheria in Kafanchan, the headquarters of Jema’a Local Government Area of the state. 


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