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South Sudan faces kala azar outbreak - MSF


November 6, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – Southern Sudan is facing a serious outbreak of kala azar, said today the medical aid group, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

Kala azar is a tropical disease, endemic in some parts of Southern Sudan. The disease is contracted by the bite of a sandfly carrying the kala azar parasite, which multiplies inside the body, attacking the immune system.

"We suspect that the number of kala azar patients reaching clinics in some areas is just the tip of the iceberg," said Dr. David Kidinda, MSF Medical Coordinator in southern Sudan in a statement released today.

At least 382 cases have been recorded in Upper Nile and Jonglei states in Southern Sudan since October. Two people were killed by the disease.

According to the international medical NGO, Jonglei is the most affected area with 275 cases in the Old Fangak clinic in northwest of the state. In Pibor where 24 patients were admitted at the MSF center two died from the disease. The group also recorded 46 kala azar patients at its clinic in Lankien.

Following reports about 66 kala azar cases under treatment in Malakal the capital of Upper Nile state, MSF team deployed in the area said 37 patients are now undergoing treatment.

Due to insecurity and lack of roads the patients made their way to MSF’s outreach health post in Lekwongole, then they are transported by the NGO to Pibor by boat, as roads have become rivers.

Patients make their way to MSF’s outreach health post in Lekwongole, as MSF teams are currently unable to access these villages due to insecurity and road inaccessibility.


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  • 7 November 2009 08:01, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    What is Kala azar? i never heard of this disease in my life. Now GOSS must act, my boys must block the road to Bor in order to aviod the dinas disease from entering into Equatoria, from their cholera now we are in summar and dinkas are brining another sickness. Dinkas deserve to be isolated from other community because they are breeding gorund of germs. Come on dinkas get yourselves personal hygienic. Learn from other how to keep yourselves clean.

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    • 7 November 2009 08:21, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

      Yesterday you starve of hunger and today the report is about a stranger disease that may not have any treatment. Hunger, disease, killing, looting, murdering, stealing, corruption and dictatorship what is wrong with your dirty mind creatres?

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      • 7 November 2009 08:42, by meja

        Hi Mr. Whatever,

        One needs not to have gone to school to judge you, as an innocent IDLER. Have you no other business out there other than shouting out your ignorance on this website? Get busy.If you are out of ideas, then try Google Scholar, it has thousands of worthy books and articles because you have so much time to waste. Your stuff is baseless and will not hurt any sane person.

        Good luck in your online studies brother.

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        • 7 November 2009 09:12, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

          To Loggic Boys

          If you never heard this disease in Sudan. you are not from Sudan or Africa. Across southern who drinks ground water.
          If you was open mind educated sudan, you would have know it. it can be prevented. It Prevention is not to drink ground water, that might have some Chemical agent in its. it does not catch throught or sex.even blood. it is exposure poison fly or snakes spits in water. water born disease.

          Thank you

          Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

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          • 7 November 2009 09:53, by monyjang chol


            fangak is inhabited by nuer who are dirty ugly creatures like pig.they are well known of drinking dirty water, dirty food and having sex in the water.nuer actually are nyamnyam as thier name suggest since they were enslave by dinkas and were denied to eat healthy food. they were allow to compete with birds and insect when dinkas are grinding maize flour and it become a sterotype as a nuer culture which is affecting them today.that is the reason why the nuer are so psychos by causing chaos to dinkas since they were ill treated.many nuers like kim monkey deng, gatwechngoth, thielengoth are attacking dinkas in this site. they use to say that the nuers of today are not the nuer of nineteen eighties that mean the nuers of nineteen eighties were slave and slave forever as suggested by thier name nyamnyam

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            • 7 November 2009 10:14, by Greater Equatoria

              Brothers and sisters,let me tell you that this guy,called Mr.Logic Boy,is an an Equatorian.This guy can tell every thing about Equatorians,but some times he exceed beyond what the equatorians belive in.But as human beings,we are created differently.We have vmad Dinkas,we have Mad Nuers,and we have some mad Equatorians also.But the level of barbariansim, has gone far with the Dinkas and the Nuers.By the way,most Equatorians consider the Dinkas and the Nuers as one tribe;they do not differentiate between the Dinkas and the Nuers.

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      • 7 November 2009 10:37, by samuel_kur@yahoo.ca

        Big_Boy or what ever you are.

        I never recognized you, how stupidity you are. Even disease also you have a doubt to be a tribalism.

        What degree is your mental sickness? you need to seen Doctor very soon, if you are not drunk.

        As you said yesterday, that you never said false in your life.

        If you are not sick, you have to scare God, such as your bragging may cause you a curse from God.

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        • 7 November 2009 11:46, by Greater Equatoria

          Who are you asking bro? if you are not specific,no one will understand you.

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        • 8 November 2009 02:55, by man-of-his-words


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    • 7 November 2009 09:49, by Dinka Boy

      I previously recalled that Kala Zar is the common disease that intrude the stomuch of equatorians a lot of time.
      Dirty water from stagnant water in the pools and their too much eating of ground nuts= Kala Zar.
      Anyway, part of respnose answered Logic while the other hit its place.

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      • 7 November 2009 10:52, by Greater Equatoria

        I donno,are you btrying to answer to anwer Mt.Logic boy,or every Greater Equatorian?? To let you know,Greater Equatorians are always healthy,smart,wise,peaceful,name it.What you are saying about is raely found in Greater Equatoria.But,I know how you feel,though!

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        • 7 November 2009 11:35, by mun muon

          You Monyjang, u are repeated nothing on the media since yesterday. Since we Nuer, we were not separated by such a things like hunger, war because we love ourselves.
          We are not like you who are not loving themselves. Some of
          you may have something but will not help the one who nothing.
          We use to share our properties one who have will give one who don’t have. Again food is always available in all Nuer areas.
          Please we Nuer, by way of giving we are the 1st generous tribe from the South Sudan because we don’t care of what you give to somebody.

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          • 7 November 2009 12:08, by D.B Lotongun

            Dear readers,

            It is sad news to hear the outbreak of kala azar in South-Sudan.Why should some of us be very proud of the disease outbreak in some of our communities? The disease infect/affect innocent children/people who have nothing to do with tribalism.Let the medical staffs do their best to eradicate it immediately.

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      • 7 November 2009 12:41, by James

        Mr. dinka boy please!! this is not a polical but a technical issue and only health personnels have adequate knowledge about the disease kala azar. don,t let people laugh at you. keep quete if you don,t know what the disease is, or ask someone who the knows disease better. I know, not only you but the entire southern sudanese are sufering from that misconception that kala azar is acquired by drinking stagnant water from pool or underground water.
        I think people must have mistaken kala azar with bilharzia. the two (bilharzia & kala azar) are different diseases with different causes.

        Bilharzia(schistosomiasis)is a human disease caused by parasitic worms called Schistosomes.Bilharzia is common in the hot places (call it tropics) where ponds, streams and irrigation canals harbor bilharzia-transmitting snails.Parasite larvae develop in snails from which they infect humans, their definitive host, in which they mature and reproduce.
        this is what our people think about it whenever they hear the word kala azar, which is wrong.

        Kala azar (some times called Visceral Leishmaniasis ) is a deadly disease caused by parasitic protozoa Leishmania donovani, transmitted to humans by the bite of infected female sandfly, Phlebotomus argentipes. It lowers immunity, causes persistant fever, anemia, liver and spleen enlargement, and if left untreated, it kills. The vector thrives in cracks and crevices of mud plastered houses, poor housing conditions, heaps of cow dung, in rat burrows, in bushes and vegetations around the houses.

        therefore, kala azar or lieshmaniasis has no connection with water be it dirty or clean. again, kala azar is not bilharzia/schistosomiaisis, they are different diseases.

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    • 7 November 2009 18:51, by Abu-chook

      Mr. Logic,

      First of all, Mr Logic; it seemed to me that you are just learning from an internet on how to make the dirty comments. However, I also do understand you as hatred, tribalist, and negative ideology preacher.

      Mr UnLogic, your all words with no actions will never change any coures you dream of!! Mr Logic, the good thing about you is that you bark louder than yourself but you do not really know of what is in the ground in South Sudan. Another good thing about you Mr un-Logic is this: You do not understand the rules of commenting on the subject or topic? For example, you do personal attacks on particular group or person which is against the rule of commenting or expressing your views. Other example about you is that mr Logic you change the subject of discussion into more personal bias, hatred, tribal method mentality.

      So Mr un-Logic let me create the theory about you(But you have to prove it yourself—the theory is: Mr unlogic,regardless of what you say, what you dream of and what you wish for?; all these things will never come true as far as I am concerned. So you better need to go back to school again. In another words, as long as Sudan and the world are still existing, all communities or tribes in Southern Sudan will still be existing. And there will no be an isolation of any particular group from the communtiy as you wish for!!!

      That is my theory about you, mr unlogic.

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    • 8 November 2009 04:17, by HONEY

      This website is full of filthy minds who dont care about their country and people at all. It is always Dinka this Dinka that, why cant someone ever say that we love south sudan and we will do our best not to make it a failed state. the world is on the internet and watching your stupidity so dont wonder why people disrespect you on the streets

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    • 8 November 2009 22:23, by kanisio

      Bro and Sister we must stop the exchange of disrespective words Cus we dont know the consequence of our wrong acts, dont we know the main factor of prosperity and development through the Unity, as we can witness the well developed country. We shall not be the cause of wars as well as unrest in our society. I understand that we do have problems but we shall not act like no hope or soluation for the problems.

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  • 7 November 2009 15:35, by JohnG

    Two things!

    #1 Harsh, inter-tribal words/accusations/provocations etc, come from those who want the upcoming vote for South Sudanese Independence to FAIL. Now is the time for the building of "brotherhood". Be ever watchful for the "agents provocateur" who’s job it is to divide and thereby conquer!

    #2 Dr. Jill Seaman (if you are from Old Fangak you already know this) has been treating Kala-Azar for years, without the help of MSF. She uses her own money and donations. Please see her Website at:

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