Strange disease ravages Ondo community; 28 dead

Map of Nigeria showing Ondo State
Map of Nigeria showing Ondo State

The Ondo State Government is working hard to control a strange disease which suddenly broke out in the Ode-Irele community of Ondo state, leading to the death of no fewer than 28 people in the past three days.

Residents say the disease broke out three days ago and spread rapidly around the community, killing its victim within 24 hours.

The cause of the disease remained unknown.

Experts say preliminary reports from victims revealed neurologic clinical symptoms: blindness, and loss of consciousness.

Ebola Alert, an evidence-driven group of volunteer professionals who helped with the Ebola Virus Disease interventions in the country, said 28 people have died from the disease.

But the State Health Commissioner, Dayo Adeyanju, put the number of dead victims at 12.

Mr. Adeyanju, while briefing newsmen in Akure, said preliminary investigations showed that the disease is not Ebola “as it does not manifest any of its symptoms, but it attacks the central nervous system of the victims”.

He said the state government, after getting information on the disease, immediately deployed officials who took samples from victims which was sent to Lagos for laboratory analysis to help understand the nature of the disease.

Mr. Adeyanju, who warned against spreading false information on social media, said the government is on top of the situation, and advised people in the council area to report any strange illness to the nearest health facility.

He assured that the government is also doing its best to contain the disease from further spreading out of the town while those infected were being quarantined at the General Hospital, Irele, with other patients moved out of the facility.

The Health Commissioner also advised people of the area to avoid handling dead bodies at this period to help contain further spread of the disease.

A journalist who visited the affected community Thursday said he was told by residents that the ailment had spiritual undertone.

“Community leaders said some people broke into a shrine, and the god became angry with them, striking all those people who have hands in the act,” the journalist said, asking not to be named.

“Our team also saw people performing rituals in the community. They believe that the ritual will appease the god and that the disease will end.”

But the state’s Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, said he was not aware of any spiritual dimension to the development.

“All I can tell you is that medical experts are on ground, attending to victims and doing all the necessary tests. Government is working hard to contain the disease, and I can tell you that it is under control,” Mr. Akinmade told PREMIUM TIMES.

Ebola Alert later posted an update on its twitter handle on Thursday night saying the disease is under control and that its cause was being investigated.

The organisation said the Federal Ministry of Health, the World Health Organisation, and the National Centre for Disease Control had been alerted of the outbreak.


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  • amazing2012

    May God intervene and solve our problems ! May it go to Igbo land !!

    • Ahmad

      God in His infinite mercy will not answer your prayer.

      • Point

        Idiots are beginning to tribalise this serious issue. Nigerians wake up and stop fooling around!

    • Otile

      Back to sender, Amen.

  • Timi

    OBJ visited & just left Ondo. What did he leave behind? I hope this is not divine punishment for those who voted in terrorism?

  • Efe

    Ritualists of the Oduduwa Republic in action. Its wickedness and michief that causes this kind of affliction. E be like say God dey vex for una bcos una vote islamist terrorist who just won an award with his Boko haram commander

    • Jujubeans

      OMG… Did you not do Biology in school at least? This is 2015 bro,you are here commenting on PT via a smartphone or computer, it’s not juju or magic. Please don’t behave like an literate from 1864

  • Ahmad

    May God almighty come to our rescue.

  • NaijaMoses

    The attack is in a town called Irele in Ondo State. Reliable information states that some individuals went and stole artifacts from their shrine in the village. So the juju is fighting all those that partook directly or indirectly in the deals. The love of money is the root of all evil. The igbos take note!

    • Jujubeans

      For God’s sake this is 2015 and we are still talking about shrine?

      • NaijaMoses

        U will soon say bcos this 2015 there are no diabolic powers and that the devil has gone into extinct. Don’t be ignorant broda, bcos that’s exactly what the devil wants u to believe.

        I’m not saying they should not carry out necessary scientific means to arrest the strange ailment but at the same time we cannot rule out the need to seek for God’s mercy if some pple have actually gone into d satan’s house (shrine) to loot his treasury.

  • Kimono

    The President elect of the North & West of continent Nigeria should immediately visit Ondo to do a first hand assessment of the situation since Dr Jonathan is busy preparing hand over notes. Dunceee should take a break from the euphoria and partying occasioned by thw award he just won with Shekau as the two most influential men in Nigeria – courtesy of TIMES magazine.

  • Oba_I’ll_Kill_U

    I suspect Oba_I’ll_Kill_U of Lagoon state? ….are you swuar he has not redirected his human sacrifices from the lagoon to Ondo?

  • Ify

    The sins of the Yoruba are too many. Why is it that all diseases begin from yoruba land?

    • Maria

      I thought Lagos is no man’s land!

    • GbemigaO

      Hear yourself ! You should be disappointed in how you eventually turn out.

    • W.

      lool. Its obvious you’re quite narrow minded to say such. Interesting anyways.

  • Tamuno-Opubo Cookey-Gam

    Is this River blindness?

    • GbemigaO

      Hear yourself ! You should be disappointed in how you eventually turn out. This post is not meant for you but Ify below

  • Moe


    • aisha ani

      It does sound like meningitis, except for the blindness.

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    In absence of being able to be physically present and examine the patients or have access to the laboratory reports, could Someone with a modicum of medical knowledge and terminology kindly post the symptoms, its presentation, evolution and signs. It is only then that possible differential diagnoses can be offered.

    • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

      I was waiting for someone to ask that very question! Thank you sir/madm

      It seems Physicians in Nigeria feel that sharing information somehow diminishes their stature!
      Only God knows the severity of the consequences of the bad medicine Dr. Abalaka unleashed
      on his fellow citizens in the name of a cure for HIV!

      We all understand the nature of the relationship between patients and their physicians (non disclosure clause).
      No one needs to know anything particular about your patient, just tell us the symptoms!

      You’d be surprised to find out that someone has encountered the very same culprit just based on the symptoms.
      Medicine is not an exact science. Why else do you think Americans call it ‘practice’?

      Pls post symptoms

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  • Tipsy

    Why are all these terrible diseases striking the poor in oil rich West Africa? Its suspicious. Someone is spreading these super bugs. Culling the population?

    • Rataya Tambai

      ….I smell illiteracy by this comment. God, how can an educated person be writing this mess?

      • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

        Tipsy has a point.!
        If this forum was an actual viable population, are there not individuals you will want to remove from the gene pool?
        I have several….in fact, I have politely asked some of them not to contaminate the gene pool by having children!

    • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

      …don’t start.

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  • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

    I believe the disease is ‘jedi-jedi’

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