At least 11 persons in Lagelu Local Government Area of Oyo State has been killed by strange disease.

Residents of Lagelu Local Government Area said the first case was reported at Ariku village, where five people had so far been  dead.

The disease later spread to Lagun village where six persons were confirmed dead.

According to some reports, it was an outbreak of cholera as the symptoms closely compare with the deadly disease.

However, the state government said the claim could not be immediately established as the results of samples taken from the victims were still being awaited.

Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bashiru Bello, said, “The tests carried out on the affected persons are still premature and the samples collected have not confirmed the sickness to be cholera.”

Bello added that surveillance and health officers sent to the local government to take samples and assess the situation reported the poor unhygienic condition and the dirty environment in the area.

The Caretaker Chairman of Lagelu Local Government Area, Kelani Abdullahi, said the cause of the cases was being investigated.

The council boss said, “So far, 11 persons have lost their lives to the epidemic, with five persons hospitalized while four persons have been discharged.”

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