The government of Enugu State has, on Thursday, confirmed many deaths from a yet-to-be identified disease in Ette Uno and Umuopu communities of the Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of the state.
Following the outbreak of the ‘strange’ disease in September, the two communities have recorded scores of deaths.
A health officer in the community put the death toll at over 50, and added that specimen had been collected for proper diagnosis and treatment of other patients.
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It was learnt that the disease broke out at Ette in early September and spread to the border community of Umuopu, where 20 persons have died, including four on Wednesday.
The source explained that the victims presented symptoms such as convulsion and diarrhoea before vomiting blood, adding that they are suspecting Lassa fever or cholera.
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“Between September and now, at least 37 persons have died in Ette. Also, Umuopu, which shares a common border with Ette, has recorded 20 deaths, four of which happened yesterday. It has been a strange development.
“The state Ministry of Health has been notified and investigations are currently ongoing to unravel the cause of the deaths. We have collected samples from the affected persons and we are looking out for Lassa fever, cholera, yellow fever and meningitis. Coronavirus tests will equally start in the affected communities today.
“The state’s Ministry of Health has brought an ambulance we are using to convey the sick ones to Enugu for proper diagnosis and treatment,” the source, who pleaded anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media, said.
The source also added that a 30-year-old student of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Chinedu Oyiga, 40-year-old Emeka Elugwu Onu, and 47-year-old Simon Eze were among the 20 casualties at Umuopu community.
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