Killer Disease In Benue Still A Mystery, Not Ebola, Lassa Fever Or Coronavirus; Says Minister Of Health

February 9, 2020
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The Minister of Health in Nigeria, Osagie Ehanire has disclosed on Friday, February 7 that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is working hard to unravel the mysterious disease that has left many people dead in Benue State.

Ehanire further revealed that the NCDC has activated an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate response activities in conjunction with Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi to ascertain the nature of the illness

While explaining further on the development, he said that victims of the disease showed no symptoms of Ebola, Lassa fever or coronavirus after medical tests were conducted.

The Minister disclosed that some of the symptoms victims of the disease showed were headache, internal heat, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach ache, weakness of the body and swollen stomach.

He urged Nigerians to contact NCDC immediately on its toll-free number on – 0800-970000-10 to report strange cases.

Recall that the disease which broke out in Oyi-Obi community of Benue State on Wednesday January 29, has already killed 15 people. The number of the people affected by the disease have already exceeded 100.

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