By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Three persons have been confirmed dead from a cholera outbreak in Ede, Ede North Local government of Osun State.
Three others were said to have been hospitalised at an undisclosed hospital.
It was gathered that those who had been rushed to the hospital were in critical condition.
This development has thrown the people of the ancient town to panic as they suspected food poisoning.
The victims were said to be beggars at the popular Oke Gada area of Ede.
The Public Relations Officer of the Osun State Police Command, Mrs Yemisi Opalola, who confirmed the incident on Tuesday insisted it was a cholera outbreak and not food poisoning as being speculated by some people.
Some residents had suspected food poisoning as the cause of the deaths following the manner in which the victims died.
They alleged that an unknown person had visited the beggars and offered them food (Amala and soup).
Opalola however said, “The Divisional Police Officer of Ede visited the Seriki of Hausa in the community over the incident because they did not report the matter to the police. The Seriki informed him that it was a Cholera outbreak and not food poisoning.
“Three people are dead while three others are in the hospital. We are still investigating the development,” she said.