WHO investigates a “mysterious disease” that has already killed nearly 100 people in South Sudan


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When it seemed that nothing else could happen … The WHO is investigating a “mysterious disease” that has already left almost a hundred dead in South Sudan, as reported ABC News and the BBC.

The source of contagion is in the town of Fangak, in the north of the country, where at least 97 victims of this disease have already died.

According to a statement from the Sudan Ministry of Health, picked up by ABC News, most of the dead are the elderly and children between 14 and one years old.

Symptoms of this still unknown disease are cough, diarrhea, fever, headache, chest pain, joint pain, loss of appetite, and general weakness.

According to a senior official in the area, a WHO team has traveled to Fangak to investigate this disease, but has not yet communicated its progress to local authorities.

The BBC ensures that this team of WHO experts would be taking samples to detect cholera, which is generally contracted through infected water supplies, after this region has been affected by heavy floods. However, the results have come back negative.

Several non-governmental organizations have sent medical supplies to the area and are working to set up mobile clinics with which to treat those affected.

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