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Strange Epidemic Kills 15 People, 104 Hospitalized in Benue

A strange epidemic has killed about 15 people and infected 104 people in Oye-Obi Local Government Area of Benue State, as the Senate asked the Ministry of Health immediately mobilize focal persons to the area to investigate and ascertain the nature of the disease .

Senate decision was sequel to point of order raised by Senator Abba Moro during the plenary session on Thursday.

According to him, the first victims of the epidemic outbreak are: Happiness Ogbo, Onajobi Ogbedu, Wisdom Agwo, Andy Edu, all of whom died 48 hours after contacting the undiagnosed disease.

He added that the disease, which is yet to be diagnosed by health authorities and medical experts in Benue State, has symptoms such as headache, internal heat, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach ache, weakness of the body and swollen stomach.

“As at Monday, February 3, 2020, the number of persons affected with the strange epidemic has risen to one hundred and four,” Senator Moro lamented.

The Senate also urged the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to promptly put up surveillance to contain the disease, see to the treatment of victims and protect others from contacting it.

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