The Delta State Government on Friday said the deadly disease that has claimed many lives in the state in recent days is yellow fever.
There have been reports of an outbreak of a strange disease which claimed the lives of many in Ika North-East Local Government Area of the state. About 30 youths between the ages of 18 and 25 had died.
The state commissioner for health, Mordi Ononye, said the results of investigations revealed that the strange illness was yellow fever. He also disputed the death toll reported in the media arguing that the number of deaths recorded so far was about 22.
The commissioner disclosed that the state government has also sent samples to the Reference Region Laboratory in Dakar, Senegal, for further confirmation of the cause of the deaths.
He said the results of the samples sent to Dakar are expected in the next two weeks.