As reported by Leadership, no fewer than twelve persons had been killed by a strange disease that broke out at Ode Irele, the headquarters of Irele Local Government Area of Ondo State on Tuesday. This was confirmed by the state commissioner of Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju in Akure, the state capital on Thursday.
Adeyanju who gave the casualty figures to journalists, said four other persons were being given isolated treatment at the General Hospital in the town.
Adeyanju, who said the presentation from the investigations carried out on the victims did not reveal symptoms of the dreaded Ebola disease, said the state government had moved into the area to curtail spread of the strange disease.
According to him, preliminary report showed that the dead persons complained of headache and later lost their sight before they finally gave up.
While stating that it was not a case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Adeyanju said there were no cases of diarrhea, vomiting and hemorrhage that are usual symptoms of the dreaded EVD.
Adeyanju who gave the assurance that government would do everything possible to control the strange ailment, said the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners were already involved in the matter.
The commissioner said samples taken from the victims had been sent to Lagos for proper investigation.