23 persons have so far died as a result of the outbreak of Gastroenteritis in some communities of Sokoto state.

Addressing journalists at a press conference, the state Commissioner for Health, Mohammed Ali Iname, revealed that the outbreak has affected 13 out 23 local government areas of the state.

He said over 265 persons have been affected so far with Gwadabawa local government area with the highest infection rate of over 47 persons.

Mr. Iname said it is important for the public to know that the disease is highly contagious; easily transmitted from person to person through casual contact, consumption of contaminated food and water.

He cautioned the people of the state to limit the rate of visitation to affected areas as this has been discovered to be a major source of transmission.

He also warned medical practitioners and other health workers to stop treating victims of the disease at home as he said the state government has made adequate provisions to tackle the outbreak.

Mr. Iname said the state is getting support from experts and other agencies towards fighting the outbreak.

He said residents should go about their normal activities as government is monitoring the situation closely.

The affected local government areas are Dange/Shuni, Kebne, Gwadabawa, Tangaza, Isa, Bodinga, Wamakko, Silame, Illela, Sabon Birni and Yabo.

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