In Nigeria Nigeria mystery deaths: Pesticides suspected, says WHO

A "mysterious" disease that killed patients within 24 hours has claimed at least 18 lives as the WHO says it suspects pesticides.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says pesticide poisoning is the probable cause of 18 mysterious deaths in south-western Nigeria.

Those who died in Ondo state suffered from blurred vision and headaches, and then lost consciousness before dying within 24 hours.

A spokesman for the WHO said tests done so far had been negative for viral and bacterial infections.

He said the current theory was that the deaths were caused by weedkiller.

The outbreak started in the town of Ode-Irele.

All of those affected started showing symptoms between 13 and 15 April.

The WHO spokesman, Gregory Haertl, tweeted: "Current hypothesis is cause of the event is herbicides" and "Tests done so far are negative for viral and bacterial infection." Read more 'Mysterious disease' kills 18 in Nigeria - officials

The tests were carried out at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, the WHO said.

Source: BBC

Download our mobile app today.

Android - Google Play Store

iPhone - Apple App Store

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Christmas Hamper Nana Addo rejects $500,000 from corporate organisationbullet
2 Asantehemaa's Death Funeral of Asantehemaa underway [Photos]bullet
3 Francisca Oteng-Mensah 24 year old MP complains about unbearable...bullet
4 Inauguration Day Nana Addo makes fun of plagiarism gaffebullet
5 Asantehemaa’s Funeral Nana Afia Kobi to be buried with gold...bullet
6 Manhyia Palace One shot, several collapse at Asantehemaa’s funeralbullet
7 Asantehemaa's Death I'm homeless; Otumfuo Osei Tutu II pays...bullet
8 Ghana's Transition Mahama packs out of state bungalowbullet
9 Nude Pictures Journalist arrested for blackmailing women...bullet
10 Refugee Ghanaian to lose fingers after 7-hour trek to...bullet

Top Videos

1 In Zimbabwe President Mugabe’s 70 year-old aide marries his 23-year-old...bullet
2 Refugee Ghanaian to lose fingers after 7-hour trek to cross US borderbullet
3 Woyome Judgement Debt Kweku Baako dances over Amidu's winbullet
4 Vitiligo Enam Honya - is challenging what you think about beautybullet
5 Obinim What happen'd when we fact checked Obinim's Bible knowledgebullet
6 Obinim saga We had sex only once - Obinim victims confessbullet
7 Kwame Nkrumah Interchange Water leaks from hole in wall at...bullet
8 Video Taxi driver terrified after an encounter with a ghostbullet
9 Watch Kumchacha delivers Counselor Lutterodt from 'demons'bullet
10 Ashiaman This is what being a market queen is aboutbullet

News