On Friday February 7 2020, Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire stated at a ministerial briefing in Abuja that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is working hard to unravel the mysterious disease that has left many people dead in Benue State.
Ehanire who disclosed that the NCDC has activated an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate response activities in conjunction with Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi to ascertain the nature of the illness, said victims of the disease showed no symptoms of Ebola, Lassa fever or Coronavirus after medical tests were conducted.
He advised Nigerians to contact NCDC immediately on its toll-free number on – 0800-970000-10 to report strange cases. The disease symptoms include headache, internal heat, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach ache, weakness of the body and swollen stomach.
The illness broke out in Oyi-Obi community on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, and has killed 15 people. Currently the death toll has exceeded 100, the Daily Post reports.