The strange disease known (for now) as Ondo X that broke out at Ode Irele, the headquarters of Irele Local Government Area of Ondo State on Tuesday has killed 28 people.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Dayo Adeyanju, who confirmed this developement said some other affected patients are being treated at an isolation unit in the General Hospital in the town.

The disease is not similar to Ebola as there were no cases of diarrhoea, vomiting and haemorrhage that are usual symptoms of the EVD. However, samples from dead victims have been taken to laboratories in Lagos.

Symptoms include headache, blurry vision/total blindness, convulsion and then death. WHO are said to have started investigation.

The commissioner has advised the relations of the dead victims to bury them at cemetery not at home and be very careful during burials. Residents have also been advised not to touch dead bodies, wash hands thoroughly before and after food preparation

He added that the State Disease Surveillance Team and volunteers that were engaged during the ebola cases as well as Personnel Protective Equipment had been deployed to the area to control the ailment.