No fewer than 23 people have died as a result of the outbreak of gastroenteritis, also known as stomach flu, in some communities in Sokoto State.
The Commissioner for Health in the state, Mohammed Iname, confirmed the situation to journalists at a briefing on Tuesday.
He disclosed that the outbreak has affected 13 out of the 23 local government areas of the state, adding that over 260 people have been infected with the disease.
He listed some of the affected local government areas as Dange/Shuni, Kebne, Gwadabawa, Tangaza, Isa, Bodinga, Wamakko, and Silame.
The commissioner also noted that Gwadabawa Local Government Area is the hotspot of the infection as it has recorded the highest infection rate with over 47 confirmed cases.
Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines caused by bacterial toxins or viral infection and marked by diarrhoea, cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever in an infected person.
It is typically spread by contact with an infected person or through contaminated food or water.
Iname thereafter urged residents to be very careful during this period as the disease is highly contagious and easily transmitted from person to person through casual contact.