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Saturday, 9 August 2014

EBOLA: Two dead, 20 hospitalised after excessive salt intake

The panic generated by the spread of the dreaded Ebola virus in parts of West Africa and Nigeria has led to desperate quest for solutions to the scourge.

A social media hoax message which advised Nigerians to take salt baths while also drinking some quantity has taken its toll on the health of some gullible Nigerians who fell for it.

Reports say, no fewer than two persons have died and 20 others hospitalised in various hospitals in Plateau State after consuming excessive quantity of salt and bitter kola to prevent the virus.

The two who lost their lives were reportedly rushed to the hospital by their family members after they suddenly collapsed in the morning, having consumed too much of salt over night. They later died of high blood pressure in the hospitals. While others according to a medical personnel have developed ulcer, some stooling profusely, having consumed the table salt in excess.

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