It was further reported that the epidemic has seen the Health authorities in Abuja declaring a public health emergency in the settlement of Angwan Hausawa, a slum neighbourhood of Abuja Municipal Area Council.
The report further revealed that nine children had died of the yet undiagnosed disease while at least 32 others in the community of Damagaza are hospitalised.
According to the executive secretary of FCT Primary Health Development Board, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, all the affected children had fever and diarrhoea; their abdomen were distended; and their stool was mucous and greenish.
Furthermore, provisional diagnosis reportedly revealed that the infection is gastroenteritis or food poisoning, caused by contaminated food or water.
Mohammed also said the disease could be a result of water contamination as the area is said to be dirty with residents of the community depending on stream and wells for water.