NAFDAC investigates cause of severe vomiting, bloody urine among Kano residents


The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control says it is investigating cause of severe vomiting and blood-in-urine presented by Kano residents who manifested the symptoms after consuming suspected sachet water and local drink.

The agency said that reports indicated that the infection involved the consumption of sachet water and local drinks suspected to have been prepared with expired and adulterated products.

NAFDAC said that it has collected water samples and flavour products for laboratory analysis, following the outbreak of teh yet-to-be ascertained infectious disease in Kano metropolis.

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The state coordinator of the agency, Mr. Shaba Muhammad, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Kano that the samples had been referred to its laboratory in Kaduna for analysis.

Muhammad said the agency received report of manifestation of the disease, suspected to be caused by drinking sachet water and locally processed drinks in the metropolis.

He explained that a team of officials of the agency had visited the infected persons at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Kano, as well as some of the affected areas.

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“Reports indicated that the infection involves sachet water and local drinks suspected to have been prepared with expired and adulterated products.

“We collected samples of the suspected water and the products for analysis to establish the cause of the disease,” he said.

While urging residents to always check labels of products, Muhammad said that NAFDAC had scaled up surveillance to check circulation of fake and counterfeit products in the state.

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The Kano State Ministry of Health had begun investigation of the disease recorded in parts of Kano Municipal, Kumbotso and Gwale local government areas of the state.

The infected persons developed symptoms such as severe vomiting and urine mixed with blood after drinking suspicious sachet water and local drink.



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