Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says the National Response Team is aiding the Benue State Ministry of Health to investigate a strange fatal illness in Oye Obi Local Government Area of the State.
Dr. Ihekweazu said this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja, while giving an update on the yet to be diagnosed disease in Benue State.
The strange disease broke out in Oye Obi, three weeks ago which has led to the death of four people.
Abba Morro, the senator, representing Benue South District had disclosed on the floor of the senate that 15 persons died from the strange disease while 104 were hospitalized.
Ihekweazu said that infectious causes, including the known Viral Haemorrhagic Lassa Fever , had been ruled out. He added that the water samples were tested for possible chemical poisoning.
He stated that NCDC was working hard with the federal ministries of Environment and Water Resources, to identify the cause and respond accordingly.
“We are closely monitoring those who have contracted the disease. We tested for Lassa fever and Yellow fever and the results were negative. So, we are waiting for the final results,’’ Ihekweazu said.
The Benue government had samples of water, sand, fish and plants in Oye Obi will be taken for examination aboard.
Sunday Ongbabo, the state Commissioner for Health said local investigation was ongoing using water, sand, plants and fish of the area.
The commissioner said that the water laboratory analysis carried out at the Enugu Teaching Hospital was yet to be completed