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Health Ministry raises alert over ‘strange disease’ in Liberia

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The Ministry of Health has issued a health alert over what says is a “strange disease” that has claimed the lives of eleven people in Liberia.

The Ministry says it received information from the West African country that at least nine others have been infected by the disease.

“The symptoms reported by the victims mainly are headache, weakness, diarrhoea, vomiting, mental confusion, abdominal pain and fever.

“The Ministry has been advised to increase surveillance at all levels to prevent importation of the strange disease,” the Ministry said in a communiqué
The unexplained illness has since April 23, 2017 claimed the lives of several people, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

About 28 people were taken ill, including an unknown number of children in Liberia’s Sinoe County.

The strange disease is said to have caught the attention of Liberia’s health authorities after an 11-year-old was admitted to a hospital April 23.

The child had diarrhoea and vomiting and was confused after attending the funeral of a religious leader the previous day, the WHO said.
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Liberia is just recovering from a debilitating outbreak of Ebola in 2014 that claimed hundreds of lives.

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