Strange illness kills 17 in Benue, others hospitalised

 Currently, 17 persons were said  to have died from strange illness ravaging  Okpeilo-Otukpa in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State.

The state government made this known in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Commissioner for Health and Human Service, Dr Emmanuel Ikwulono.

Ikwulono said a case was reported at the State University Teaching Hospital on Monday.

“At the time of the receipt of the report yesterday, 9th November, 2020, about 17 persons were already said to have died of the illness," the statement read.

The Commissioner, in a statement signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Andrew Amee, noted that symptoms of the illness usually included fever, abdominal pain and general body weakness, while some stool and vomit with tinges of blood.

“In the meantime, we advise the people of Ogbadibo and its environs to maintain good hygiene practices and report anyone with the said symptoms to the Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers in the local government area, or call the Benue Emergency Operations Centre on the following toll free telephone numbers; 09010999920, 09010999919, Whatapp, SMS 08123135458." -Punch.

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