Nigeria’s Mystery Illness Solved?

Herbicides are likely behind the deaths of at least 18 people in Nigeria’s southwestern Ondo state, according to the WHO.

Tests for viral and bacterial infections have proved negative so far, said Gregory Haertl, a WHO spokesperson.

The victims reported headaches, weight loss, blurred vision and loss of consciousness, and died within 24 hours of falling ill. 23 people were affected in all, according to the Ondo state health commissioner, Dayo Adeyanju.

WHO epidemiologists helped government health officials and aid agencies investigate the deaths.

Al Jazeera

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