Strange illnesses: 28 die in Benue, Oyo

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… Yellow fever kills 8 in Bauchi, infected 16 others

SEVENTEEN persons have died of a strange illness ravaging the Okpeilo-Otukpa area in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State.

  A statement issued  by Benue State Commissioner for Health and Human Service, Dr. Emmanuel Ikwulono, said nine had died by the time government got the report yesterday.

  “At the time of the receipt of the report yesterday, 9th November, 2020, about 17 persons were already said to have died of the illness. We currently have one case which was brought to Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi, by a relative of the patient.  

  Others are receiving treatment in different hospitals,” he said.

  The commissioner also said symptoms of the illness usually include fever, abdominal pain, and general body weakness, while some stool and vomit with tinges of blood.

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   Also, 11 persons have been reported dead with five hospitalised following the outbreak of a strange sickness in the Lagelu Local Government Area of Oyo State.

  The five persons being hospitalised are said to be battling for survival.

Residents suspect cholera as the symptoms closely compare with the deadly disease.

However, the state government said the claim could not be immediately established as results of samples taken from the victims were still being awaited.

Although the first case was recorded at Ariku village, where five people had, so far, been reported dead, it later spread to Lagun village where six persons were confirmed dead.

The Caretaker Chairman of Lagelu Local Government Area, Kelani Abdullahi, said the cause of the cases was being investigated.

According to AbdullahI: “So far, 11 persons have lost their lives to the epidemic, with five persons hospitalised while four persons have been discharged.”

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But Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bashiru Bello, said “the tests carried out on the affected persons are still premature and the samples collected have not confirmed the sickness to be cholera.”

  According to him, surveillance and health officers sent to the local government to take samples and assess the situation reported the poor unhygienic condition and dirty environment in the area

  Similarly, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BAPHDA) said that an outbreak of yellow fever had occurred in Ganjuwa Local Government Areas of Bauchi State recording eight deaths apart from eight samples testing positive.

  According to Chairman of BAPHDA, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, said  this while briefing newsmen in Bauchi yesterday.

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“Our polio team were in communities in Ganjuwa for routine exercise and they found out that eight people died of an unknown disease, so they reported back. Eight samples were brought for Lassa fever and yellow fever tests and all the samples tested positive for yellow fever. Last year, by this time, we had cases of yellow fever in six LGA of Bauchi, Alkaleri, Warji, Ningi, Kirfi and Darazo,” he said.

  The chairman also said that the community members were predominantly farmers, adding that the agency would begin vaccination exercise in earnest against the deadly disease in Ganjuwa LGA.

  He, therefore, called on the general public not to panic as yellow fever has a vaccine and also advised the public on the use of mosquito nets as a preventive measure against other types of fever.

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