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    After the death of two people and the hospitalization of three others

    A strange disease creates panic in An Bessem

    Posted by Yazid Yahiaoui
    the 15.08.2018, 11:00

    It all began when, on August 8, the emergency department of AH Bessem, 26 kilometers south-west of Bouira, had received a patient from the commune bordering Raouraoua, who was showing signs of intoxication. , namely, vomiting and diarrhea.

    According to the testimony of relatives of this patient, during four days, while the patient was still hospitalized, other family members who visited him, fell one to one patient and will be in turn hospitalized at the same level. EPH of An Bessem. On August 12, one of the five admitted and hospitalized patients died without anyone being able to explain to the family the causes of death.

    Yesterday, the panic was at its height and the members of this family who all reside in Raouraoua had to alert all the media so that finally, the officials of the DSP deign to send a commission of inquiry and a prevention team on the spot.

    The same day, an old woman who had fallen ill, less than two days earlier, also died, bringing the number of deaths due to this strange disease that no one has been able to identify, to two deaths. According to one family member, all hospitalized patients had the same symptoms, namely kidney blockage, which requires dialysis sessions.
    However, on the spot, the prevention team, seeing the seriousness of the situation of the other three patients from the same family who were admitted to the emergency room, decided to evacuate them to the El Kettar specialized hospital in Algiers.

    Contact yesterday afternoon by telephone, the head of prevention service at the Bouira DSP, Dr. Henni who was on site at the EPH Ain Bessem, will tell us that "medical teams are in the process of to investigate to determine the true causes of these deaths and the origin of this contagion. "

    Similarly, he added, "Another team moved to the home of this family in Raouraoua to take samples and try to understand what really happened and how they were infected." Asked about the nature of the disease that killed two people, while three others were in serious condition, Dr Henni said that "he prefers to wait for the results of the investigation and analyzes to formally pronounce on the disease and causes of these deaths ". Meanwhile, a real panic has seized the citizens of Raouraoua and even Ain Bessem, especially since there are rumors of contamination of anyone who has been in contact with members of this family.

    Y. Y.


    A mysterious disease makes two victims

    A strange disease, which attacks the renal system, has killed two people in Bouira, according to Dr. Hani, head of prevention department at the Directorate of Health and Population (DSP). It is about two women, a mother and her daughter, who were in contact with a patient admitted on August 8, at An Bessem hospital (Bouira), specifies, moreover, the same source. According to Dr. Hani, a forty-year-old was admitted on the 8th of the current month to the EPH of An Bessem for vomiting, acute diarrhea and kidney disorders. Four days later, on August 12, a family member, who was visiting him, suddenly presented the same symptoms, and succumbed when he was transferred to Algiers University Hospital. Yesterday, a second victim, aged 84, gave up the ghost, she presented the same symptoms. "For now, we do not know the causes and the origins of this infection," admitted Dr. Hani, while ensuring that the other three members of the patient's family were transferred to El-Kettar hospital in Algiers. to undergo further tests to diagnose this strange infection. In addition, and according to our interlocutor, a commission of the DSP was dispatched in the commune of Raouraoua (extreme south of Bouira), place of residence of this family, to take samples aiming to determine the origin of this infection. The EPH of An Bessem is currently quarantined by the health authorities, with the aim of limiting a possible spread of this disease. Contacted, Mohamed Karaoui, nephew of the alpha patient, told us that the services of the EPH Ain Bessem have, in his words, evidence of negligence in the handling of this case. "We have, from August 9, alerted the officials of this hospital about this enigmatic disease, but nobody has deigned to listen to us, and here is the result!", He was indignant.


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    An Bessem (Bouira): a mysterious disease kills four people


    Four people, including three from the same family, died after having contracted an unidentified illness in An Bessem, Bouira wilaya.

    According to various sources, all these people died at the hospital Mohamed Bachir of Ain Bessem. The last one is a 40-year-old woman. Two others are in their seventies, while the third is 60 years old.

    An investigation was, according to the head of department in charge of prevention at the health department of the wilaya of Bouira, opened to know the precise causes of these deaths.

    The symptoms of this mysterious disease are characterized by high fever, diarrhea and liver damage.

    The families of the deceased observed a sit-in demanding the sending of a commission of inquiry to elucidate this mystery.

    N. Benkharef
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

  • #2
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    "Unknown" virus in Bouira: "Tap water is not involved" (investigation)

    Algeria - The head of the prevention department in the Health Department of Bouira wilaya reported that the "tap water was not polluted", based on the "first results" of the investigation of the "unknown" viruses that led to the deaths of two women from the same family.

    This manager explains that the health services of the wilaya of Bouira are still waiting for the "final" results of the tests carried out by the laboratory of the Pasteur Institute to determine the type of this disease.

    He says, in fact, that the victims infected by the virus are in a state of "stable" health and are taken care of at the hospital of El Kattar in Algiers.

    This information has been reported, this Friday, August 17, 2018, by the Site Ennahar On Line.

    Contacted by Ennahar On Line, Dr. Hani of the Bouira Health Department, for its part, downplayed the seriousness of this incident, questioning the false rumors relayed by the media around the subject, even though there are two mysterious deaths, in addition to four other members of this family contaminated by this and whose health condition is "worrying".

    The latter dismisses any rumor that these victims were killed by the disease "cholera" reassuring, further that the water is tap is "potable".

    According to him, hospitalized cases are "under control", stating that all similar preventive measures have been taken to ensure the quality of care.
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela


    • #3
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      By DDK | 9 hours 14 minutes ago |

      BOUIRA - The strange intoxication that causes kidney failure affects a 7th victim

      The mystery remains intact!

      The strange intoxication that affected six people last week in Bir-Ghbalou and Raouraoua continues to arouse apprehension among the local population.

      Indeed, a seventh person with the same symptoms was recorded last Wednesday. According to medical sources, the victim is a 46-year-old woman, also from Raouraoua commune and close to the two families affected by the disease. She was transferred directly to the El-Kettar specialized hospital by the medical teams at An-Bessem hospital.

      The patient was suffering from vomiting, diarrhea and early renal failure. Moreover, the commission of medical investigation, dispatched by the Ministry of Health, pursued, the day before yesterday Thursday, its mission at the hospital of Ain-Bessem and the homes of the two families affected by this disease still not -identifie.

      In addition to taking water and food from both houses, epidemiologists also spoke with the victims of this poisoning and their relatives. Some claimed to have consumed chicken offal, brought by the first poisoning victim, who works in the delivery of white meat. However, traces of contamination of the water were found in the borehole feeding the victims' house in Raouraoua.

      "The specialists are currently studying all the tracks and all the probabilities, but none is yet privileged. We initially thought of a water intoxication, due to the contamination of the water consumed in this house, but with the statements of the patients, who say they had consumed chicken offal, the research was reoriented on this new track ", says a source close to the survey, adding that the results of water, urine and blood tests will reveal many important details.

      "The samples have been transferred to the Institut Pasteur laboratories and the results will be communicated to us within 72 hours. The 6 people affected by this intoxication are currently supported at the El-Kettar EHS. Their state is stationary. Specialists continue their research, "said our source.

      As a reminder, two elderly women, aged 74 and 80, died last week at An-Bessem hospital, following acute renal failure. The sad news spread like wildfire, especially on social networks, creating a climate of panic throughout the wilaya of Bouira. The medical teams of EPH and EPSP An-Bessem as they try to reassure the population, explaining that the infection is not contagious.

      Oussama Khitouche
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela


      • #4
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        Gastroenteritis: 35 cases recorded in the wilayas of Blida and Bouira

        Posted On: Monday, 20 August 2018 09:31

        ALGIERS - The Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform revealed Sunday that 35 cases of gastroenteritis had been recorded in some areas of the wilayas of Blida and Bouira.

        The ministry said in a statement that "these are isolated cases registered in a family circle supported," adding that the condition of people affected knew a "gradual improvement" pending the results of bacteriological tests.

        Although the bacteriological control has demonstrated the absence of pollution in the drinking water supply network, the "control of water remains in force while strengthening the system of control and care at the different health structures ", the statement added.

        In order to prevent the emergence of other cases, the Ministry of Health calls for "observance of individual and collective basic hygiene measures through washing hands with soap several times a day".

        In case of symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting, the press release recommends "drink plenty of water and go to the nearest health center".


        Is Cholera spreading in Algeria? the Institut Pasteur answers!

        Algeria - Several cases of "gastroenteritis" have been recorded in recent days in the wilayas of Blida and Bouira. Before the identification of this disease, several people feared cases of Cholera, especially after its widespread spread in Niger.

        "Preliminary analyzes have been enough to prove that it is not a case of cholera," said Monday the Director of the Institut Pasteur, at a press conference co-hosted by the Director of Prevention at Ministry of Health, Djamel Fourar.

        According to him, the Institut Pasteur "continues to analyze samples sent by the hospitals of Boufarik (Blida) and El-Kettar (Algiers)". Thus, the first results show that it is not a case of Cholera.

        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela


        • #5
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          By DDK | 4 hours 20 minutes ago |

          EPIDEMIC OF CHOLERA - Limani, Wali of Bouira, takes stock

          "Bouira is not the start of the outreak!"

          The wali of Bouira, Mr. Mustapha Limani, led yesterday morning a press conference at the headquarters of the wilaya to take stock of the cholera epidemic affecting the wilaya since the beginning of the current month.

          A way also for the authorities of the wilaya to reassure the population of the wilaya taken in recent weeks, a real panic because of the risk of contagiousness that this disease. Thus and according to the statements of the chief magistrate of the wilaya, only three cases of cholera were confirmed following bacteriological analyzes of the Pasteur Institute: "We received six cases at the An-Bessem hospital. These are from the same family and established in Raouraoua and Bir Ghbalou. Three of them had poisoning that caused acute gastroenteritis. Unfortunately, two people died as a result of complications. Four people were subsequently transferred to the El Kettar EHS, where three cases of cholera were confirmed, while the fourth was suffering from another illness. They have all received the necessary care and have already left the hospital, "said Limani. He added that no new cases of cholera had been recorded in the wilaya since 13 August. He will also deny the information claiming that the first case was recorded in the wilaya of Bouira, arguing that the first patient was infected outside the wilaya: "We are still looking for the origin of this disease and for the moment, no thesis is confirmed. A whole device has been installed since the confirmation of this disease, particularly in the sectors of water resources, agriculture and health. The drinking water served in the wilaya of Bouira is monitored at least twice a day and is safe. In addition, the services of the Water Resources Directorate and the Directorate of Agriculture are currently on the ground looking for probable outbreaks of contamination, "he added. The wali of Bouira, who was accompanied in this press conference by the directors of health, agricultural services and water resources, also assured that the sanitary system put in place, to fight against the spread of this epidemic, is still in force: "The device to fight this epidemic will not be lifted immediately. Although no new cases have been reported yet, health services remain on the alert. We even reinforced the existing isolation sites at the hospital level, "he says. Finally, the wali was anxious to reassure the population of the wilaya about the potability of tap water and also the effectiveness of the sanitary system put in place: "In recent days, there has been a lot of speculation and false information. A situation that has created a sort of panic, even psychosis, among our fellow citizens. So I want to reassure them because we are watching over public health with all the necessary means, "he said. Interviewed by us about the probable existence of cases of healthy carriers, especially at the Raouraoua household, the director of health assured that no less than 120 people were already screened and the results were negative: "On time Currently, we do not have healthy carriers. Our teams remain, however, mobilized, especially at the hospital level, where we automatically isolate all suspicious patients, "she said.

          Oussama Khitouche


          See also:

          Algeria - Cholera outbreak 2018

          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
          -Nelson Mandela