A mysterious disease ravaging Ute Okpu, Ute Erumu and Idumusa communities in the Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State has taken the lives of over 30 people.
The state government became concerned over the death of 15 young people, all within the ages of 18 to 25 in two of the communities. The suspected causes are either hemorrhagic fever or substance abuse.
It has been reported that some of the victims vomited blood before passing away, while others complained of general fatigue, headache and fever before they died at home and in hospital.
Villagers report that it claimed five lives in the Ute Okpu community in one day.
The state government has confirmed that they are working to identify and curb the disease. They called on members of the community and residents of the state to observe good hygiene as the dry season approaches by properly covering their food, cutting grasses around their surroundings, eliminating rats in their homes and continuing to observe COVID-19 safety guidelines, especially hand washing with soap and running water.
It is yet to be confirmed for certain what have claimed these lives. While the state government are suspecting a hemorrhagic fever and substance abuse, other diseases shouldn’t be ruled out.
People in the community remain frightened but time will tell what the strange disease is.