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Kano govt confirms outbreak of strange disease as 3 die, 284 hospitalised

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By Mustapha Usman
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Kano State Ministry of Health has confirmed the outbreak of a strange disease allegedly caused by an expired local juice mix called “Jolly Juice” in the state.

Recall that DAILY NIGERIAN had reported a suspected case of food poisoning in the state.

The incidents first occurred on Thursday after the victims drank a local juice mixture made from an expired flavor called “Jolly Juice” in the state.

Some of the worst hit areas in the metropolis are Warure, Dandago and Sabon Sara.

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While confirming the incident, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa, said that three persons have so far died from the disease that broke out a few days ago in the state.

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In a statement on Tuesday, the Commissioner said statistics gathered revealed that 284 people contracted the disease across three local government areas of the state.

Mr Tsanyawa disclosed that in an effort to promptly address the challenge, the ministry’s task force had so far seized items that caused the outbreak of the disease.

According to him, the seized items are worth over N59 million.

He noted that samples of the affected patients had been taken and sent to Abuja for test.

The director noted that the victims are currently receiving treatment at Murtala Mohammad Specialist Hospital, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital, among others.

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Four juice dealers arrested

The state government has confirmed the arrest of four persons linked with selling the suspected ‘killer juice’.

Speaking with the BBC Hausa Service Tuesday morning, Acting Managing Director of the Kano State Consumer Protection Council, KCPC, Baffa Dan’Agundi, said the suspects were arrested in Minjibir local government area of the state.

He added that about 580 bags of the expired juice flavours were found in their possession.

According to Mr Dan’Agundi, the suspects were arrested following investigations, especially in the areas where the juice was being sold, including Bakin Asibiti, Rimi Market, Singer and Sabon Gari.

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