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2 Feared Dead, As Strange Ailment Hits Edo Communities



The Edo State Commissioner for Health, Dr David Osifo, has confirmed the outbreak of a yet to be identified and named, but strange ailment in some agrarian communities of Uhunmwode local government area of the state.

Areas allegedly affected by the viral ailment, which sources said has claimed several lives, include Igieduma, Ehor and other neighbouring villages.

At least, two persons, including a man said to be in his 70s, have allegedly died in Igieduma village as a result of the strange ailment.

A source in the village, who did not want to be named, disclosed that symptoms exhibited by the victims include high fever, stomach pain, vomiting, nose bleeding, etc.

To avoid transmitting or contracting the strange ailment, the source said that many in the villages are now avoiding shaking hands with others.

Confirming the outbreak of the disease in a text message, Dr David Osifo however, dispelled fears that the yet to be identified ailment was either Lassa fever or Ebola, but said that they are suspecting Yellow fever.

He said his team of disease control experts is already on ground in the affected area to contain the strange ailment.

“You are correct. We suspect yellow fever; two have been confirmed as yellow fever and negative for lassa.

“My team of experts is right there now to contain it. Nothing to panic the public about please,” Osifo said.



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