Via The Guardian in Nigeria: Excessive salt water consumption kills four in Taraba.
No fewer than four persons have been confirmed dead and scores hospitalised in various private hospitals in Taraba State following excessive consumption of salt which they erroneously believe deter the deadly Ebola virus after text messages went viral Saturday in the state capital, Jalingo, that salt water solution and bathing of same were anti-dote to the disease.
The affected victims, according to a medical practitioner who spoke to our correspondent, are said to be persons suffering from hypertension.
One of the victims presently receiving treatment in one of the private hospital said, "apart from the text messages I received in the early hours of Saturday, several calls from my friends and relations from different parts of the country were also received."
Identifying herself as Rachael, she said she never thought that bathing with water that "was diluted with salt and and drinking just little of it could go to the extent of confining me to hospital bed."
She continued: “For such thing not to repeat itself, I will call on the Federal Government to arrest and deal with those behind the false information because the level of destruction is not only in this state but in the whole parts of the country.”
Also speaking to The Guardian, a son of one of the victims, said, " we tried all that we could to prevent my aged mother who has been suffering from hypertension from heeding the rumour but failed."