Earlier this week, health officials in Abuja, Nigeria suspected that a “mystery outbreak” that killed some 13 people may have been due to dysentery or typhoid in Saburi community.

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However, on Friday, Dr Rilwanu Muhammad, the Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Health Care Development Board, has said that 13 people died while 10 people survived food poisoning caused by Clostridium perfringens in Abuja.

Clostridium perfringens is a bacterium which occurs in the soil, contaminates food and the intestinal track of human beings.

The board took blood samples from infected persons, water from the well and the three boreholes in the community for clinical diagnosis at the laboratory of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Muhammad called on community administration to provide safe and clean water for the community.

He also called on the community to enhance personal hygiene, especially hand washing, adding that Clostridium perfringens infection could be traced in the stool of the affected person.