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Diphtheria Outbreak Claims Young Lives in Kaduna: Urgent Measures Underway

July 23, 2023

• The Epidemiology Unit of Kaduna state received the report of children dying of strange illness in Kafanchan, Jema’a LGA on the 19th of July 2023
• RRT team was deployed on the 20th of July to investigate the report
• New suspected cases today, 11
• A total of 64 suspected cases of diphtheria have been identified in the State with 16 deaths.






In a tragic turn of events, the Epidemiology Unit of Kaduna state was alerted to a distressing incident of children succumbing to a mysterious illness in Kafanchan, Jema’a LGA on July 19, 2023. Responding swiftly to the alarming report, a Rapid Response Team (RRT) was promptly dispatched on July 20 to conduct a thorough investigation into the situation.

As the situation unfolds, the concern grows, with 11 new suspected cases of the unidentified illness being reported today. This brings the total number of suspected cases in the state to a staggering 64, and tragically, 16 deaths have already been recorded.

Health authorities are diligently working to identify the root cause of the illness, and while investigations are ongoing, there are strong indications pointing to a possible diphtheria outbreak. The situation remains fluid and challenging as health workers and experts strive to contain the spread and prevent further loss of lives.

Diphtheria is a highly contagious bacterial infection that can be life-threatening, particularly for young children and those with weakened immune systems. Vaccination and early diagnosis are crucial in mitigating its impact on communities.

Local communities are urged to remain vigilant and cooperate fully with health officials, reporting any suspicious symptoms promptly. Additionally, health authorities are emphasizing the importance of adhering to vaccination schedules to safeguard individuals and prevent the potential escalation of the outbreak.

As this critical situation continues to develop, the Kaduna state government, in conjunction with health agencies, is taking all necessary measures to provide medical support, educate communities, and prevent further fatalities. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

It is essential to remain informed and united during these challenging times, as collective efforts can play a pivotal role in curbing the spread of the illness and protecting vulnerable members of society. Let us extend our thoughts and prayers to the affected families, and hope for a swift resolution to this distressing public health crisis.



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