Dr. Dayo Adeyanju revealed that the disease, which had killed over 15 people in Irele local government area of the state, was not contagious.
He also revealed that ethanol was reported in the body of the victims so far, and that it was suspected as a possible cause of the disease.
“Our investigations revealed that the victims, who are commercial motorcyclists, gathered at some local joints to take alcoholic substance mixed with roots and some other local herbs on the eve of the outbreak of the disease. I can assure you that the disease is in no way contagious. The fact that none of the caregivers has contracted the disease has greatly underscored this point”
”Therefore, the fear of spread does not arise and should be discouraged. We strongly suspect ethanol poison and in view of this, we have ordered for another toxicology test for surviving victims,’’ Adeyanju said.
Adeyanju also added that 5 survivors of the mystery disease, who had gone blind, were being monitored at the University Teaching Hospital, Ibadan.
“Preliminary laboratory investigations indicates that the outbreak cannot be attributed to any infectious organism, bacterial or viral. The outbreak is also clearly not due to Ebola virus disease as feared by many at first. Epidemiological findings indicate a strong linkage of the outbreak to a consumption of a local gin that had been contaminated with methanol, a poisonous material. At this stage the particular poisonous substance is being ascertained. The results of this very detailed investigation is currently being conducted by the government and our partners, the results will be made public as soon as possible” he said.