The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating a mysterious disease in South Sudan that has so far claimed the lives of almost a hundred people.
According to the news network ABC, a total of 97 people have died due to this mysterious disease. Deaths have been reported in the elderly and children between the ages of one and 14.
Symptoms of the disease are varied: they range from cough, diarrhea, fever, headache, chest and joint pain, loss of appetite and general weakness. ABC Fangak County Commissioner Biel Boutros Biel.
A spokesman for the World Health Organization in Africa confirmed to the same media that investigations into the unknown disease began in November.
For its part, BBC News he pointed that the WHO ruled out that the disease corresponds to a cholera outbreak.
According to the British media, because South Sudan has suffered severe flooding in recent months, specialists thought that the disease could be a new outbreak of cholera. However, tests carried out in bodies of water were negative.
The outbreak of the mysterious disease adds yet another problem to South Sudan, which is still experiencing the aftermath of a civil war that lasted from 2013 to 2020.
The Fangak County Commissioner confirmed that non-governmental organizations have started sending humanitarian aid. Part of the aid consists of setting up outpatient clinics where the sick are cared for.
Meanwhile, the international organization Doctors Without Borders pointed out that the floods in South Sudan are “a perfect storm” for the outbreak of diseases.