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Officials link Ondo epidemic to exhumed corpse

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 at 6:13 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Officials of the Ondo State government have claimed that the unknown disease that broke out on Wednesday, leading to the death of at least 14 people on Thursday, in Ode Irele, Irele Local Government Area of Ondo State, was in some way connected with a corpse that was exhumed in the area recently.

Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kayode Akinmade, told newsmen on Friday that 14 deaths recorded in Ode Irele were directly connected to an exhumed corpse in the community.

Speaking with newsmen on Friday, Akinmade stated that, despite some similarities, the disease was not the Ebola Virus Disease.

“The symptoms were not that of Ebola; it is a 24-hour attack that would make the victim to have headache, be unconscious, then after 24 hours, the person is gone. That one cannot be Ebola,” he said.

Akinmade also put a figure on the actual number of casualties. He said although there were claims that as many as 34 people had died, only 14 had died from the disease: “Available data do not indicate that 34 people have died – only 14.

“And from what we got, the 14 had personal contact with those people who came to exhume the corpse that led to this epidemic.”

Similarly, a permanent secretary, Soji Gbadebo, said, “There is a general allusion that there was something buried there (Ode Irele) and some people went there to exhume the thing, and sold it to some English people. Only those who were directly involved have been affected by this epidemic.

“Government has sent a powerful health team there to unravel the mystery; so, for now, we may not know what actually happened until a scientific report unfolds it.”