•By Ademola Akanni, Abuja
A strange disease has hit some communities in communities in Benue which has led to the death of several people and many others infected, The Gazelle News.com can report.
This medium learnt that communities affected are in the Oye-Obi Local Area in the state.
The Gazelle News.com can also report that as at the time of writing this report, 15 people have lost their lives due to infection from the strange disease while 104 others have been infected.
The said disease broke out on Wednesday, 29 January, 2020, The Gazelle News.com can report.
This medium can also report that victims died within 48 hours of being infected by the disease and health officials in the state have not been able to diagnose the disease.
The Gazelle News.com can also report that the symptoms of the strange disease are: headache, internal heat, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach ache, weakness of the body and swollen stomach.
The outbreak of the disease got the attention of the Senate on Thursday, 6 February, 2020 and it was extensively discussed at its plenary.
The Gazelle News.com can report further that Senator Abba Moro of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) representing Benue South Senatorial District raised the motion on the outbreak of the strange disease.
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.
“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.
Subsequently, the Upper Chamber urged the Federal Ministry of Health to immediately mobilize focal persons to the area to investigate and ascertain the nature of the disease.
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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