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Yellow fever kills no fewer than 150 people in Kastina.

An ailment suspected to be yellow fever has killed no fewer than 150 people including women and children in some part of Kastina state.

The affected areas are mostly, in the north-western part of the state which includes; Matazu, Danmusa and Kankara, local governments, according to the Guardian reporters.

However, the sate Government have rufute the claim, says only 74 cases have been recorded with 24 causalities so far.

But, sources from the affected areas, including family members of some of the victims, insisted that scores had passed on in the past month on account of the illness.
According to them, more than 135 people died in Matazu alone, while 10 were said to have lost their lives in Danmusa, and another 11 in Kankara.

A former councillor of Kogwane ward in Matazu local council, Sule Ibrahim, said over 112 deaths had been recorded in the area in the last three weeks, adding that three people died over the weekend, with many still in the hospital.

The ex-lawmaker hinted that the scourge was first discovered in the area before spreading to the neigbouring Unguwan Sarki community.

Sources from Kankara and Danmusa also said some communities, especially those in the rural areas, had been severely affected by the bug with the death toll.

Speaking on the issue, the permanent secretary in the Katsina state ministry of health, Dr. Kabir Mustapha, said the first outbreak was reported in Danmusa, adding that eight persons were brought to the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina for a referral.

however dismissed reports that scores had died of the virus, insisting that the figure contradicts what was at the disposal of the government.

As a preventive measure, he said seven million doses of vaccines had been procured with 6.3 million immunised so far.

Some symptions of the the disease includes; vomiting, yellowish of eyes, nausea and feverish conditions.


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