About 7 persons have been confirmed dead while 8 others are critical condition over unknown disease that broke out at the New Artisan Market, Enugu.
The Chairman of the Livestocks Market, Alhaji Danladi Abubarkar who disclosed this to Journalists in Enugu on Friday said that residents of the market woke up to discover the dead bodies which included four men and three women.
According to him, all the affected persons which included tricycle riders, artisans and others from different households were stooling and vomiting.
He said “The corpses are still in their rooms as we speak. We shall soon proceed to the cemetery to bury the Muslims among them while the Christians will be taken by their relations,” he said.
When newsmen visited the market officials of the Enugu State Ministry of Health who came with emergency operations Hilux van of the ministry were already on ground to investigate the course of the deaths.
The leader of the team, who spoke on condition anonymity, described the situation as worrisome as all the deceased were in no way related.
The source said that they could be a possible outbreak of epidemic in the area, adding that medical doctors at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital had been alerted.
The source directed that other persons that were in critical condition be immediately rushed to the said hospital.
When contacted, Executive Secretary, Enugu State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr George Ugwu, said that it was premature to speak on the matter as no one was sure on the cause of the deaths. According to him, a team of health experts had been sent to the place to get more information .
via: Information Nigeria