The Oyo State Government has countered an Unconfirmed report indicating that the outbreak of a strange sickness which killed 11 persons in the Lagelu Local Government is cholera as the symptoms closely compare with the deadly disease.
The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Bashiru Bello said the claim could not be immediately established as results of samples taken from the victims were still being awaited.
“The tests carried out on the affected persons are still premature and the samples collected have not confirmed the sickness to be cholera.”
Dr. Bello said surveillance and health officers sent to the local government to take samples and assess the situation attributed the outbreak to the poor unhygienic condition and dirty environment of the area.
However, residents of the community said tthe first case was recorded at Ariku village, where five people had, so far, been reported dead.
It was learnt that the disease later spread to Lagun village where six persons were confined dead.
The Caretaker Chairman, Lagelu Local Government Area, Mr Kelani Abdullahi, said the cause of the cases was being investigated.