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Strange Illness Hits Kwara, 70 Killed

No fewer than 70 persons have died of a strange illness in Oro-Ago community, in the Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State

There is confusion in Oro-Ago community, in the Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

People are dying and the cause is a mystery.

The deceased would first vomit blood and some black substances before dying.

70 people are already dead while several others have been hospitalised.

It was gathered that a large number of the Fulani settlers called Bororos have died since the outbreak of the strange illness on July 23, 2017.

The President, Oro-Ago Development Union, Olaniyi Olushosa said the death toll as a result of the strange illness had hit 70 in two weeks.

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He added that he had reported the matter to the state Ministry of Health in Ilorin, through a doctor that he identified simply as Dr. Lawal.

He said, “It is worrisome that the Oro-Ago General Hospital had been abandoned and left dilapidated. No health workers, nothing; right now, our community lacks health centres.

The ODU President called on the Kwara State Government as well as other relevant bodies, to visit the community and stop the harvest of death.

However, doctors and experts say the symptoms described by the victims were suggestive of a viral haemorrhagic disease.

A surgeon, Dr Adekunle Ashimi, said the symptoms could be indicative of Lassa fever.

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