29 October 2012

Sudan: 37 Die and 125 Infected With Unknown Fever

Photo: Louise Roland-Gosselin/ Médecins Sans Frontières
Getting a check-up (file photo): Yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes or contaminated blood.

Zalingei — As a result of the spread of an unknown fever, 37 people have died and more than 125 others have been infected over the past three weeks in the areas of Jebel Ahmar, Hillat Beida, Abta, Nertete and the area of Tololo in Central Darfur, Radio Dabanga has learned on Sunday October 28.

A resident from Zalingei, Saad Ahmed Aseel, told Radio Dabanga that the fever has claimed dozens of lives in the area around Zalingei, in particular among nomads.

Aseel added that 17 citizens from Jebel Ahmar area have died recently as a result of the unknown fever, as well as nine in Tololo locality and one in Abta. In addition, the resident added that in the area of Nertete two people passed away and 17 others are in critical condition.

The resident pointed out that people infected with the fever suffer from bleeding in the mouth and nose. He explained that local authorities did not take the necessary action to contain the disease and, until now, did not acknowledge the fever is evolving to an epidemic.

He added to Radio Dabanga that residents discussed the issue with UNAMID and that the mission promised to intervene by investigating the unknown disease and assist the people in affected areas.

In addition, he called upon health organizations and health authorities to intervene and prevent the situation from escalating further.

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