Oh no.. Wuhan Coronavirus is not ended, and now there is a new “unknown virus” which cause death within 48 hours contracting the illness.
The Nigerian government has warned of a “strange epidemic” which has left 15 people dead and infected dozens more in less than a week.
The outbreak of the mysterious disease, which causes vomiting, swelling and diarrhoea, was first recorded late last month in Benue State, southeast of the capital Abuja.
By 3 February, “the number of persons affected with the strange endemic has risen to 104”, said Nigerian senator Abba Moro, according to newspaper the Daily Post.
In a Senate resolution, Mr Moro, who represents a district in Benue State, named a number of victims of the disease, who all allegedly died within 48 hours of contracting the illness.
The resolution urged the country’s health ministry to dispatch experts to the centre of the outbreak to find out more about the disease. Nigeria Centres for Disease Control (NCDC) will help in establish surveillance measures to contain its spread.
The health minister, Osagie said in a briefing on Friday the illness did not appear to be Ebola or Lassa fever – two potentially fatal viruses which occur in West Africa.
Nor did it appear to be the 2019 Wuhan coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan China and has so far killed more than 700 people.
NCDC had now activated an emergency response operation in the affected area – with government officials suspecting chemicals used in fishing may be responsible for the sickness, according to the BBC.
We hope soon they will identify the cause as well as the cure for the ” mysterious virus” .