Lagos probes mystery child-killer disease

Lagos probes mystery child-killer disease

Thursday, February 18, 2016 7:06 am

The Lagos State Government says its medical experts have been despatched to Otodo-Gbame Community in Ikate, Lekki area, to unravel the mysterious disease that killed no fewer than 25 children.

Mrs Adeola Salako, the Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Ministry of Health, made this known in an interview the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.

According to her, no further death has been recorded since Feb. 10 when the team of epidemiological investigation led by epidemiologists from the state Ministry of Health had commenced investigation.

She said that the ministry responded immediately news about the strange disease was received, adding that the team was despatched to the community on Feb. 10.

“We have already responded as some epidemiologists have been sent to take samples of water and blood from some of the children to know what the cause is.

“The investigation is meant to verify the assertions and the cause of deaths through laboratory investigation of water, throat swabs and blood samples of children with suspected cases and to proffer solutions,’’ she said.

The yet-to-be-identified disease, which started sometime in January 2016, had brought panic to the community predominantly dominated by the Eguns.

The affected children after contacting the strange ailment, developed rashes similar to the symptom of measles, and died two to three days after.

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