'Strange disease not contagious, tests show ethanol poisoning' - Health Comm.

The Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Dayo Adeyanju, has said that post-mortem results reveal that the disease is neither epidemic nor contagious.

The strange disease, which broke out in Ode-Irele, Ondo State last week and caused panic, is not contagious, the state health commissioner assures.

The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Dayo Adeyanju, made this assurance on Sunday, April 19, at a news conference in Akure.

He said post-mortem carried out on the victims and other laboratory tests revealed that the disease is neither epidemic nor contagious.

According to the commissioner, preliminary report shows that ethanol poison is found in the systems of all the victims.

"Our investigations revealed that the victims, who are, gathered at some local joints to take alcoholic substance mixed with roots and some other local herbs on the eve of the outbreak of the disease.

"I can assure you that the disease is in no way contagious. The fact that none of the caregivers has contracted the disease has greatly underscored this point.

"Therefore, the fear of spread does not arise and should be discouraged.

"We strongly suspect ethanol poison and in view of this, we have ordered for another for surviving victims,’’ Adeyanju said.

The commissioner, who said that there has been no report of new cases in the last three days, explained that 23 people were affected out of which 18 people died of the disease.

He disclosed that the five survivors, who have currently gone blind, have been referred to the University Teaching Hospital, Ibadan, for further examination and monitoring.

Adeyanju, however, insisted that he would not join issues with traditionalists who believe that the outbreak of the disease was due to some angry gods from which shrines some youths were said to have stolen.

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