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.