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Kala-zar outbreak kills more than 40 people in Jonglei state


August 7, 2010 (BOR) – Officials in Jonglei state have reported an outbreak of the deadly Kalazar disease in the area. The disease which struck this week has already left 48 people dead and more than 130 people hospitalized, with the fear that the death toll could get higher.

Reaching many areas in rainy season in Jonglei state is difficult.According to the minister for law enforcement in the state, Gabriel Duop Lam, the victims were having difficulty accessing areas where they could receive medical treatment.

Mr. Duop who returned from Ayod town on Thursday added that many patients are locked up in villages due to lack of transport and heavy flooding in the area, thus making it difficult for them to access health units.

“In Ayod, 48 people died and 138 people are admitted,” Duop said, adding that it was not possible to evaluate fatalities in areas inaccessible by road from Ayod County center.

Fangak and Pigi Counties have also reported kalazar cases according to Radenta Ayen, Jonglei state minister of Health, who described the development in Ayod as “the worse.”

Ayen said health facilities will be sent to the area immediately. She swiftly called for international humanitarian organization for assistance. Kala-zar, also known as visceral leishmaniasis, is common in northern Counties of Jonglei state.


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  • 8 August 2010 11:15, by Mou Magok

    My God,What got wrong? Flood and disease outbreak at the same time, what a punishment.

    Governemnt of Southern Sudan where are you? during the April 2010 election compaign some of the candidates had mentioned these things happening in the south, solve them now.

    Thank in christ

    Yirol boy

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    • 9 August 2010 06:24, by Kur William

      Yirol boy I don,t get your comment well punishment from who? those things flood and disease are uses to come directly from GOD did you meant that GOD has punish those in that particular area.Kur

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