A yet-to-be-identified disease has killed at least 89 people in Fangak in South Sudan’s state of Jonglei, a World Health Organization (WHO) official told the BBC.
These mysterious deaths occurred in an area that was recently affected by flooding. According to the British broadcaster, local health officials have not ruled out the possibility of cholera.
“We decided to send a rapid response team to go and do risk assessment and investigation; 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,”Sheila Baya, a WHO official, spoke to the BBC.
She said that a helicopter will transport a WHO team from Juba to the affected area on Wednesday.
Caused by heavy rains, the floods that hit the poor African nation earlier in the year were the worst seen in the four affected states since 1962, UN’s refugee agency UNHCR said in October.