Ondo State commissioner for information and strategy, Kayode Akinmade, has said that the 14 deaths recorded in Ode Irele, Ondo state, from a “strange” ailment are directly connected to an exhumed corpse in the community.
Confirming this to TheCable, Akinmade said the diseases was not the same as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), although it had managed to kill its victims in less than 24 hours.
“The symptoms were not that of Ebola; it’s 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.
“All the necessary facility that government should provide, government has done that. We have moved all the ambulances and everything.” He added that although there were claims that as many as 34
people had died, only 14 people had fallen victim of the strange disease.
“Available data do not indicate that 34 people have died – only 14,”he said. “And from what we got, the 14 had personal contacts with those people who came to exhume the corpse that led to this epidemic.”