Unknown illness kills 4 in Zamfara.

The Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has confirmed two diphtheria deaths in six local government areas of the state.

The Executive Chairman of the Agency, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed confirmed the outbreak during a news conference held on Wednesday in Bauchi.

He said the agency collected 58 samples of suspected cases of the disease from January 2023 to date.

“Two of the three confirmed diphtheria cases died in the Jama’are local government area of the state.

“These cases are mostly among nomads and children with zero immunisation dose.

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“The disease is among children between ages eight months to four years, and there is a case of a seven-year-old child.

“The agency had closed schools in Jama’are because of the reported suspected cases of the disease in a school,” he said.

According to Mohammed, the agency will scale up the immunisation of pupils in schools across the affected communities.

Meanwhile, the agency has confirmed an outbreak of yellow fever following the report of 248 suspected cases in Dambam, Ganjuwa and Jama’are LGAs.