Government Reveals Cause Of Deadly Unknown Disease That Has Killed More Than 25 In Ode-Irele Ondo


Traditionalists Performance to Appease the gods who are supposedly the cause of the epidemic

Traditionalists Performance to Appease the gods who are supposedly the cause of the epidemic

The Ondo State Government says a strange disease that

has killed more tha 25 people since its outbreak on April 15

in Ode-Irele, Irele Local Government Area of the state, is not


State Commissioner for Health, Dr Dayo Adeyanju, made

this assurance on Sunday at a newsconference in Akure.

He said findings from post-mortem carried out on the

victims and other laboratory tests revealed that the disease

was neither epidemic nor contagious.

According to the commissioner, preliminary report shows

that ethanol poison is found in the systems of all the


Adeyanju added, “Our investigations revealed that the

victims, who are commercial motorcyclists, gathered at

some local joints to take alcoholic substance mixed with

roots and some other local herbs on the eve of the outbreak

of the disease.

“I can assure you that the disease is in no way contagious.

The fact that none of the caregivers has contracted the

disease has greatly underscored this point.

“Therefore, the fear of spread does not arise and should be


“We strongly suspect ethanol poison and in view of this, we

have ordered for another toxicology test for surviving


The commissioner, who said there had been no report of

new cases in the last three days, explained that 23 people

were affected out of which 18 people died of the disease.

He disclosed that the five survivors, who have currently

gone blind, had been referred to the University Teaching

Hospital, Ibadan, for further examination and monitoring.

Adeyanju, however, insisted that he would not join issues

with traditionalists, who believe that the outbreak of the

disease was due to some angry gods from which shrines

some youths were said to have stolen.


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