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  • 21 children die of undiagnosed disease(s) in refugee camps in Chad in one week - fever, vomiting, difficulty breathing

    Published Date: 2015-04-02 11:41:18
    Subject: PRO/MENA> Undiagnosed illness - Chad: refugee camps, children, fatal, RFI
    Archive Number: 20150402.3272587
    UNDIAGNOSED ILLNESS - CHAD: REFUGEE CAMPS, CHILDREN, FATAL, REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
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    A ProMED-mail post
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    International Society for Infectious Diseases
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    Date: Tue 31 Mar 2015
    Source: Sudan Commerce News [edited]
    http://sdeconews.com/story-z11801945


    At least 21 children in the Darfuri refugee camps in eastern Chad died of a mysterious disease last week [week of 23 Mar 2015].

    The head of Iridimi refugee camp, near the West Darfur border, told Radio Dabanga that 15 children died of a disease causing fever, vomiting, and breathing difficulties.

    In Touloum refugee camp, 6 children died of the same symptoms, camp head Haidar Gardia reported.

    Both camp leaders requested the UN Refugees agency, UNHCR, to dispatch a medical team to the camps in eastern Chad, and contain the disease "before it kills more children".

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    Communicated by:
    ProMED-MENA


    [The description given in the news report above of the undiagnosed fatal illness in these refugee camps is too vague to help in forwarding a differential diagnosis. A ProMED-MENA post in March 2015 reported an increasing number of fatal cases of fever of unknown origin (FUO) in the North Darfur Jebel 'Amer mountain area (Undiagnosed outbreak - Sudan: (ND) 20150326.3255035). As it is known that movement between Sudan and Chad is not controlled and unrestricted, more information from knowledgeable sources on these outbreaks in refugee camps would be greatly appreciated.

    A map showing the location of refugee and IDP (Internally displaced persons) camps in Chad and Sudan can be accessed at http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita...s/campsmap.gif. - Sr.Tech.Ed.MJ]
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