Executive Secretary of
Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Primary Health Care Development
Board, Dr. Rilwanu
Muhammad, said 13
people died, while 10
others survived food
poisoning caused by
clostridium perfringes in Abuja.
Muhammad disclosed that the disease broke out on
Friday in Saburi
ward of Abuja Municipal Area Council.
According to him,
clostridium perfringes is a
bacterium which occurs in the soil and
contaminates food and the intestinal track of human beings.
The board had earlier said it suspected typhoid fever or shigella dysentery as
the cause of the
mysterious deaths in the community.
The board had taken
blood samples from
infected persons, water from the well and the three boreholes in the
community for clinical diagnosis at the laboratory of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
Muhammad said the NCDC results from the blood samples and the water showed presence of
He said the bacterium
caused food poisoning adding that the incubation period is between 4 and 24 hours.
“The bacteria tend to
cause fever, abdominal pains and diarrhoea.
Clostridium has a lot of toxin. That is why it easily causes a lot of death, especially to the malnourished people.”
Muhammad said the
board on conjunction
with FCT department of public health have been able to control the outbreak.