Mystery disease kills nearly 100 in South Sudan
A mystery disease which has killed almost 100 people in South Sudan has prompted an immediate World Health Organisation investigation.
WHO have sent a rapid response team to Jonglei State to collect samples for testing from sick people, after reports of 89 deaths.
Jonglei State has been hit with devastating flooding, which is complicating access to the region and bringing increased risks of malaria and fatal food shortages.
Spike in NSW COVID-19 cases prompts call for mask mandate return”We decided to send a rapid response team to go and do risk assessment and investigation,” WHO’s Sheila Baya told the BBC.
“That is when they will be able to collect samples from the sick people – but provisionally the figure that we got was that there were 89 deaths,” she said.
The United Nations have said flooding in South Sudan is the worst in 60 years.Some 835,000 people have been impacted by floods with 35,000 people displaced according to the UN.
Multiple aid agencies are concerned about an escalating humanitarian crisis and severe malnutrition of South Sudanese.
The number of children admitted to its hospital with severe malnutrition had doubled since the start of the floods, Médecins Sans Frontières, an international charity, said.