Lekki Killer Disease: 7 Things You Should Know About The New Disease

The Lagos State Government on February 17th confirmed the outbreak of a strange disease in Otodo-Gbame Community in Ikate, Lekki. Lekki is a naturally formed peninsula, adjoining to its west, Victoria Island and Ikoyi of the Lagos Island and Eti-Osa LGAs of Lagos respectively, with the Atlantic Ocean to its south, Lagos Lagoon to the north, and Lekki Lagoon to its east. The government has alleged 25 children have been killed as a result of the disease. For those of you who at this point despite the havoc it has already caused know nothing about the disease, INFORMATION NIGERIA has put together in this piece, 7 things you should know about it…

1. The outbreak described as fatal febrile rash illnesses started sometime in January 2016, and had brought panic to the community dominated by the Eguns in Otodo Gbame community in Eti-Osa LGA, area of Lagos State.

2. Affected children were said to have developed rashes which was similar to the symptoms of measles, and died two to three days after infection.

3. Children who have been reportedly killed are said to have been between eight months.

4. Blood samples (and throat swabs) from the patients and water samples from the community have been taken to the Virology Reference Laboratory at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and Lagos State Drug Quality Control Laboratory (DQCL), LASUTH, Ikeja respectively, while the World Health Organisation has been notified.

5. The source of the infection is still unknown but is currently under investigation.

6. The affected community is said to be an expansive, sandy riverine, flood prone and camp-lie settlements with an estimated population of 100,000 people.

7. According to the Lagos state health commissioner, the first death occurred on January 6, 2016, “but the community would not alert the health authorities of the outbreak on time”.

The government of Lagos has assured that efforts were on to conduct comprehensive supplemental immunization for all childhood preventable diseases in the community.


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