Delta govt attribute strange deaths to yellow fever

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The mysterious deaths of scores of youths in Ute-Okpu, Ute-Erumu and Idumesa communities in Ika Northeast Local Government Area of Delta have been attributed to yellow fever by the state government.

About thirty youths died within days in Ika raising concern about what was responsible with various causes peddled.

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The state government on Friday at a press conference in Asaba, the State capital said upon autopsy it found out that they died of yellow fever.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye  disclosed this saying, “Samples were collected from patients and sent to the laboratory. We have received results and the results point to yellow fever as the cause of deaths we heard of in those areas.

“The result we have received is helping to move us to a more definitive action, while we still wait for a final authentication from the Reference Regional Laboratory in Dakar.”

He added that twenty-two deaths have been recorded as a result of the disease, with seven additional cases being managed at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba.

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