An unidentified disease which broke out in Ette at the beginning of September 2020, has spread into Umuopu communities in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State, killing at least 57 persons.
A Surveillance and Notification Officer for the strange disease, Vincent Oshomi, maintained that efforts are gearing up to identify the cause of the strange deaths.
Oshomi said the Enugu State Ministry of Health has been alerted and specimen of the affected persons in the communities has been collected for proper diagnosis and treatment.
The disease which originated in Ette community of kogi state at the beginning of September 2020 has spread to the border community of Umuopu, in Enugu State where 20 persons have died, including four casualties recorded yesterday.
According to Oshomi, the victims presented symptoms such as convulsion, diarrhoea before vomiting blood, adding that they are suspecting Lassa fever or cholera.
“Between September and now, at least 37 persons have died at Ette community. Also, Umuopu community, which shares a common border with Ette have recorded 20 deaths, four of which happened yesterday. It has been a strange development.
“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.”
According to the Public Relations Officer, PRO, of the local government area, Mabel Ogili, 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.
Efforts to speak with the state’s Commissioner for Health, Emmanuel Obi, on the development, proved abortive.