The Nigerian Senate today raised the alarm over what they are calling an epidemic in Oye-Obi, in the state of Bunue, which has also infected at least 104 people.

"As of Monday February 3, 2020, the number of people affected with the strange endemic has risen to 104," Emmanuel Eche-Ofun John, Special Assistant on New Media to Senator Moro, said, according to the Daily Express.

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) added the first cases had been discovered last month in January.

It is unlikely the disease is the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus to the African region.

Today, News Africa said the disease has not yet been diagnosed by health authorities, so a possible cure has not yet been found.

The main symptoms are headache, diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach swelling.

The country's Senate has urged the NCDC to closely monitor the situation to try to prevent the spread of the disease and ordered the quarantine of those infected.