The Delta State government has conducted some tests to determine the reasons for the mysterious deaths recorded in Ute-Okpu and Idumesa communities in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state.

Dr Mordi Ononye, the Commissioner for Health in the state, said the results of the tests carried out have come back positive for Yellow Fever disease.

He made this announcement on Friday, 6 November while briefing reporters in Asaba, the state capital.

Dr Ononye confirmed that as of Friday, 22 deaths have been recorded with seven active cases receiving treatments in hospitals across the state.

The commissioner noted that the state health authorities await authentication of the government’s position from the Regional Test Centre in Dakar, Senegal within a period of one month.