A mystery illness has killed 18 people on Nigeria’s Ondo state since April 13, health officials said on Sunday. Health officials are scrambling to find the cause. Though some suspect locally brewed alcohol as the culprit.
Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, Ondo’s state commissioner of health, said 18 people have died and five people are currently being treated, ranging in ages from 25 to 60. He said the disease does not appear to be contagious.
Amidst conflicting and confusing information, the investigating team of experts sent by government to the area gathered that all the casualties died within hours of affliction. In all, 17 deaths have been confirmed in Ayadi Community and Ode Irele township and all the deaths were preceded by symptoms of sudden blurred vision, headache and loss of consciousness. Source: Ondo State Ministry of Health
The World Health Organization said doctors will carry out toxicological tests on one of the decedents.