Friday, 18 August 2017

Unknown Disease Kills 62 in Kogi

The number of those who have died from the unknown disease currently ravaging Yagba-West Local Government Area of Kogi State, now stands at 62. The disease is killing both children and adults in
Koloke, Okuna, Isanlu-Isa and the adjourning Hausa-Fulani communities.
According to the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Haruna
“about 62 people have now been killed by this mysterious disease. When I visited the affected communities with my team, samples taken from some of the victims were sent to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Irua, Edo State, for definitive investigation, which turned out to be negative for Lassa fever.
“On arrival at the community, we interacted with the locals and samples were taken from their water sources and food supply. It was discovered that the people affected showed common symptoms including abdominal pain, vomiting and stooling. Few of the patients, however, had Hematemesis and Hematochezia.
“Those found still manifesting the disease were transferred to the Kogi State Specialist Hospital for proper management where an empirical diagnosis of Food Poisoning to rule out Gastroenteritis was made. They are, however, responding well to the instituted line of treatment.”

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