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Unknown Mystery disease kills over 100 in South Sudan

WHO officials visited the region to investigate the illness, but left the area without revealing their findings to local officials.

As the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to investigate a mystery illness in South Sudan, the disease has claimed another victim. Up until now, the illness has killed 97 people in Fangak, Jonglei State, in the northern part of South Sudan.

 

Per Second News gathered that an elderly woman on Thursday was the latest fatality arising from the unidentified sickness. In a press release, the South Sudan Ministry of Health revealed that the illness seems to mainly affect the elderly and children under 14

The Ministry of Health also said that the symptoms of the mysterious illness include cough, diarrhea, fever, headaches, joint pain, loss of appetite, body weakness, and chest pain.

WHO officials visited the region to investigate the illness, but left the area without revealing their findings to local officials.

Sheila Baya, a professor at the college of medicine at the University of Juba, told BBC News that the deaths have caused major concerns among experts.

The investigation dismissed cholera as an illness.

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