The mysterious killer disease that reared its ugly head few weeks ago in Kogi state has continued to kill children and adults in the affected villages unabated.

The death toll in Yagba West Local Government of Kogi State has now risen to 62, according to the Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Audu, on Friday.

Communities like Okuna, Okoloke, Isanlu -Asa and the adjoining Fulani settlemets are still suffering casualties.

The Commissioner, had on Thursday, visited the ravaged communities to obtain firsthand information and assess the situation and confirmed that 50 persons had lost their lives to the strange disease.

In response to the development, Audu said that the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, had approved the immediate constitution and deployment of a team of medical experts to deal with the situation.

According to him, the medical experts include epidemiologists from the state ministry of health and medics from the state-owned health facilities.

“Earlier, samples taken from some of the victims were sent to Federal Teaching Hospital Irua, Edo State, for definitive investigation, which turned out to be negative for Lassa fever.

“On arrival at the communities, the team interacted with the locals and samples were taken from their water sources and food supply.

“It was discovered that the people affected showed common symptoms including abdominal pain, vomiting and stooling. Few of the patients, however, had Hematemesis and Hematochezia,” he explained.

According to him, those found still manifesting the disease had been transferred to Kogi State Specialist Hospital for proper management where an empirical diagnosis of food poisoning to rule out gastroenteritis was made.

He did not give the exact number of victims transferred to the hospital but said that they were responding well to treatment.

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