Ondo Strange Disease: Victims test negative to Ebola, five other deadly diseases

Map of Nigeria showing Ondo State

Laboratory tests have confirmed that the strange illness ravaging the Ode-Irele community in Ondo state, which is now known as #OndoX, is not Ebola virus disease.

Ebola Alert, an evidence-driven group of volunteer professionals who helped with the Ebola Virus Disease interventions in the country, said samples taken from victims and tested in a laboratory in Lagos tested negative to Ebola and five other deadly diseases.

samples tests negative for Ebola Virus, Yellow Fever, Lassa Fever Virus, Rift Valley Fever Virus, Dengue Virus, West Nile Virus,” the organisation said in an update provided via its twitter handle Friday night.

It said the samples were “currently undergoing toxicology screen”.

The strange disease had suddenly broken out in the sleepy community five days ago, leading to the death of no fewer than 28 people, according to Ebola Alert.

Residents say the disease, whose cause remained unknown, spread rapidly around the community, killing its victim within 24 hours.

Experts say victims manifest clinical symptoms such as headache, blurry vision/total blindness, convulsion and death.

Ebola Alert said three survivors have so far been reported.

In its effort at containing the spread of the disease, the Ondo state government on Friday set up emergency task teams and a Situation Room to coordinate the response teams working from the frontlines.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dayo Adeyanju, said in a statement that the five emergency response task teams were raised to handle different aspects of control mechanisms.

The task teams are Contact Tracing Committee, Case Management Committee, Laboratory/Forensic Committee,  Community Education & Mobilization Committee and Print, Electronic & Social Media Sensitization Committee

“These and other measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of lives of our dear people of Irele. Let us continue to exercise calm and caution and eschew fear mongering as there is manifest evidence that the situation is being contained,” Mr. Adeyanju said.

“In case of any suspected case, contact: WHO 08033720966, LGA DSNO – 08112524793 and the State Epidemiologist – 08062078384.”


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  • Ozed

    Sounding a bit like botulism.

    Except my understanding is that botulism comes with vomiting. However the double vision thing and nervous symptoms suggest it or maybe some other nervous poison.

    The Tox screen should nail it.

  • GbemigaO

    Repent !

    • Bukola

      But the asked for CHANGE!

  • Blame BOKOHARI

    Its a bad omen..God has a way of punishing people who vote in award winning terrorists. TIMES magazine just confirmed our long standing position that Boko Haram is the military wing of APC and together, Bokohari & Shekau have won awards as the most influential personalities in their ability to cow the Yorubas of Nigeria into block voting for their course.

    Strange indeed. It has never happened anywhere before, and TIMES had to acknowledge it even though it is a break off their tradition.

    So, why wont God be angry? But I pray for God’s mercy on these ones for they allowed fear to rule their hearts and brains. The South & East immune to fear, voted wisely. With 12.7m votes vs 15m votes, the battle has just begun. The clueless & uneducated president elect is to blame for this strange affliction. Get used to blaming him for everything.

    • Abiodun

      It is not important you have to reply all issues raised . Give your submission here to your primary school pupil to mark for you with respect to the issue been discussed and see the score for your self…

      • Chuks

        at least the fellow you attack prayed for mercy. You urself, what have you prayed for? Overall, he made more sense than you.

        • Arkhuma

          What sense is in his words. Blaming someone for a remote affliction. If that is logical, then I can’t even count the numbers of blames that should be laid on GEJ ‘ doorstep while he Has been the president. The man has not even been sworn in. We should learn to live with people’s choices. These same people you are calling names were once GEJ ‘ backers but they also reserve the right to say they don’t need him again if that’s what they believe can change their fortune. Please you guys should let go and let’s hope for a better future.

          As for those affected by this strange illness, our prayers go to them. In Africa, such occurrences are not uncommon due to our close proximity to nature and there a million things that could go wrong when the boundaries between human existence and crude natural environment is not markedly delineated like we have in most of our villages.

  • Blame BOKOHARI

    He got his votes from the largely illiterate and uneducated North. How can the votes by the uneducated be a guige for progress in Nigeria? Does the army of uneducated know what governance is about? Does it know what development is about? If the uneducated form a major chunk of the percentage of voters in the North, then their choice of candidate cannot be said to be an informed choice and it would be wrong to subject the rest of the educated lot to the decision of illiterates. Nigeria is in TROUBLE! I was young, but now I am old, but I have never seen the blind lead the sighted?

  • Mrs Mfon Etuk-Bassey

    True to the declaration by O-Shitbanjo’s mother, ‘The Glory of God will now shine on Nigeria since my son is now Vice President’

    • Arkhuma

      What a sadist you are. Shame on you. If you have to start ascribing misfortune to someone else, then blame the Governor for misleading his people. I think your comment is hopelessly pathetic and disrespectful to those now losing their loved ones by trying to trivialise an unfortunate occurrence. It could have been your village!!! Change your ways.