A social media outburst of a strange disease killing visitors at the Yankari games Reserve has turned out to be true as The center for Disease control has confirmed deaths of tourist.
The online media alert reads as follows: ‘’Please, Advice people not to go to Yankari game reserve in Bauchi state… There is currently an outbreak of a strange and yet to be identified disease that is claiming lives of those who visited within the last weeks… There were death cases reported from BIU, BAUCHI AND KANO…
Stay away until all investigations are completed… If you know anybody who has visited, kindly advise them to report to any hospital nearby for checkups…
Pass it on to save a life. Please take the above seriously. The College of Education in Biu I am aware Lost students this week after a visit to Yankari… Other Schools i heard reported same’’
Meanwhile The Federal Government, through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, has commenced investigation into deaths and strange illnesses in Bauchi State recently.
The NCDC disclosed this in a statement posted on its Twitter handle, @NCDCgov, on Wednesday. The illnesses and cases of deaths were said to have occurred among tourists and students who visited the state.
The centre said it was working with the World Health Organisation and the state government through the Ministry of Health in carrying out thorough investigation into the issue.
The statement read, “NCDC is aware of recent illnesses and deaths among tourists and students who visited Bauchi State recently.
“We are working closely with Bauchi State Ministry of Health and @WHONigeria to investigate further and respond appropriately.
“The NCDC is the country’s national public health institute with the mandate to lead the preparedness, detection and response to infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies.”
It added, “Its functions include preventing, detecting, and controlling diseases of public health importance; coordinating surveillance systems to collect, analyse and interpret data on diseases of public health importance; and supporting states in responding to small outbreaks, and leading the response to large disease outbreak.
“Other functions of the centre include developing and maintaining a network of reference and specialized laboratories; conducting, collating, synthesizing and disseminating public health research to inform policy; and to lead Nigeria’s engagement with the international community on diseases of public health relevance.”