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Update on Ondo Disease, Doctors finally has something to say about it


Outbreak Ondo
There has been an uneasy calm in Ondo as a yet to be identified disease ravages the sleepy community of Ode Irele in the South-west state.
Though the state government led by Governor Olusegun Mimiko has assured citizens that everything is being done to put the disease under control, reports of at-least seventeen confirmed deaths (other reports put this figure at 27) has done little to assuage the fears of people living within the affected community.

One Dr. Soyombo Ayomikun, a staff of the Medical Department of the Omotosho Electric Energy Company Limited, carried out a fact-finding visit to the General Hospital in Irele and here is his report as published on YNaija:
- Following the outbreak of the yet-to-be-identified disease in Irele, Ondo State, our medical team decided to go on a fact-finding mission to Irele General Hospital.
 
According to the medical doctor overseeing activities in the hospital, Dr. Sanni A.A, 5 patients were admitted with symptoms including headache, passage of loose stool, sudden onset blindness, difficulty with speaking and hearing. On examination, all the patients were said to have elevated blood pressure and signs suggestive of raised intracranial pressure.

All the admitted patients are males, middle-aged, and all developed the illness at about the same time.
Two of the admitted patients died while the remaining 3 insisted on being discharged against medical advice. They eventually left the hospital on the 15th of April. Following their exit, unconfirmed reports have it that one of them died at home.

Dr. Sanni also talked about rumours of other mortalities within the town and that efforts are currently being made to collate the actual number of casualties.
From our interaction with the medical team in the hospital, there is speculation that a seed (yet to be identified) probably consumed by the victims could have resulted in symptoms indicative of poisoning.

Blood and CSF samples were taken from the victims that presented at the hospital and have been sent to LUTH for comprehensive assays.
Personally, my conclusion following our trip to Irele General Hospital is that it is not likely that a contagious disease is on the break although one can never say never!

Furthermore, the signs and symptoms of the admitted patients are not entirely in keeping with those of Ebola Virus Disease and other ailments in the Viral Haemorrhagic Fever spectrum. However, definitive conclusions can be made once the investigation results are available.

In conclusion, the calm observed in the town is not reminiscent of the looming disaster we heard about before setting out.
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