Last week, I heard a news that the Ebola virus was back in Nigeria. You can't begin to imagine the amount of fear that went through me. Instead of panicking and spreading the news though, (I'm pretty sure it would have brought some traffic to my blog), I decided to investigate further. I swear I should have been a detective. Lol. Anyway, I found out that there was indeed a strange disease in town (restricted to one town in Ondo State) and it was killing people, 18 so far. This disease is so deadly because it kills its victims within 24 hours of infection.
It's symptoms include headache, blindness, paralysis and death - all within 24 hours. Wow! It was confirmed that it wasn't ebola as initially suspected, ebola has a longer incubation period, is associated with fever, flu-like symptoms, hemorrhages and death. Problem now is, no one knows what is causing the disease. Trust naija though, I started getting bbm messages to spread the news so no one goes to Ondo state.
Further investigation has shown that the disease wasn't caused by any organism, not bacterial, viral, fungal or even a parasite. They are suspecting that it is methanol poisoning from locally made gin.
However, there is another twist to the story, the ruler of the community came out to say that the deaths was brought about by an angry god. According to him, the people who died are a group of youths who desecrated the shrine of the god and stole some artefacts.
So, right now, it is "wait and see" for the people of Ondo state and Nigeria. But whatever it is, I hope it ends and doesn't spread further. What do you think of this situation though. Hit me up with your thoughts in the comment box.