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Mystery disease kills three in South Sudan, says WHO

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January 8, 2017 (JUBA) – A suspected viral hemorrhagic fever has killed at least three people while 60 of their contacts are being monitored for any infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said in a statement issued on Monday this week.

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WHO receives 500 000 doses of Oral Cholera Vaccine for a planned campaign in South Sudan. WHO South Sudan (WHO/L. Luwaga photo)

The agency said the three, who included a pregnant woman, teenage girl and a boy from a village in South Sudan’s Eastern Lakes state, succumbed to the fever in December last year.

“No tissue or blood samples were collected from their bodies for analysis, and South Sudan health authorities reported the cases on Dec. 28,” WHO said.

"The outbreak of suspected viral hemorrhagic fever in South Sudan could rapidly evolve, and critical information including laboratory confirmation of the etiology of disease is needed to direct response efforts," it added.

Health authorities and WHO, the statement further stressed, are investigating and found evidence of zoonotic hemorrhagic illness in goats and sheep in the area, including some deaths, as well as deaths among wild birds at the time.

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  • 9 January 15:02, by Jamy Moses Black

    The rapid respond to collect blood samples from humans and animals aimed at diagnosing such deadly disease is a step in the right direction by CHD in Yirol East, SMoH Eastern Lakes and national MoH and WHO.

    I hope, in shortest time possible, the result will reveal what disease it is and therefore, pave the way for prompt intervention so that many lives held victim by such deadly disease are save

    repondre message

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