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  • Orientale Province, DRC: Unknown illness kills about 200, mostly children -possible malaria

    Hat-tip Pathfinder.

    Malaria?

    http://rdc-humanitaire.net/attachmen...-%20281011.pdf

    An unknown illness would have caused about 200 deaths in three months in the area of ​​health in the territory of Viadana Poko (Bas-Uele), 65 km of Isiro. Aid workers report that the symptoms experienced by patients are fever, vomiting and anemia. The majority of victims are children under five years.

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    Re: Orientale Province, DRC: Unknown illness kills about 200, mostly children

    I see all those symptoms listed as found in malaria patients, alert. Are there any other diseases you know of that could be possibilities?
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      Re: Orientale Province, DRC: Unknown illness kills about 200, mostly children

      Originally posted by Emily View Post
      I see all those symptoms listed as found in malaria patients, alert. Are there any other diseases you know of that could be possibilities?
      I agree that malaria is by far the most likely, given the symptoms and predominance of illness in children (whereas adults in a malaria-endemic area would have some resistance), and Pathfinder who posted the original post in French also suspects malaria. This is actually only a crude symptomatic description, as other than fever, only two symptoms are reported for an illness that has killed hundreds and likely sickened many more. There is a large cholera outbreak ongoing in parts of the DRC as well, for example.

      Could also be a strong malnutritional component, as well.

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