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Friday, 18 August 2017

Strange disease reportedly ‘Kills 50′ indigenous people in Kogi state

A strange disease with symptoms, including diarrhoea, blood stain vomiting, and high fever, has reportedly took lives of
50 indigenous people at Okunran, Okoloke and Isanlu-Esa villages in Yagba west local government of Kogi state.
Saka Audu, the state commissioner for health, who visited the affected areas on Thursday, said medics told him that the disease was unknown.

“We initially suspected Lassa fever after getting some misleading reports about people bleeding around, so we made a diagnosis for viral haemorrhagic fever (lassa fever), but the result was negative,” Jannette Hathorn, a consultant at ECWA Hospital, Egbe, reportedly told Audu.

She said the first case was that of a two-and-half-year old child, who died 12 hours after he was brought to the hospital.

“We are sure it is not Lassa fever; but our concern is that we do not know exactly what is happening. We have not arrived at a definitive diagnosis,” Hathorn said.

“Two adult patients were also brought here; one showed symptoms of ulcer-viral illness, but there was no bleeding component of any haemorrhagic symptom.

“We isolated them and both of them were treated for malaria. When they started improving, we let them go.

“Another parent brought a child to the hospital and pleaded for help. He said that 50 people had died in their village with similar symptoms of bloodstained vomiting, diarrhea and fever.

“When the child died, we called the World Health Organisation (WHO). Yesterday (Wednesday), their officials came and took samples of everything; we must know exactly what we are dealing with.”

Audu said government got the information about the outbreak of the disease last week and a technical team was immediately sent to take samples which were sent to General Hospital Irrua, Edo state, “for definitive investigation”.


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