The death toll from the epidemic in North Darfur rises to 16
Another civilian died on Monday as a result of the fatal bacterial epidemic in North Darfur’s Eiyal Amin area of Atuesha locality.
Radio Dabanga reported on Friday about the deadly disease which causes high fever and inflammation in the throat. Children are especially vulnerable to this fast-spreading epidemic.
The state health ministry announced the closure of all schools and markets in the region due to the rising number of victims.
Mohammed Mahjoub Karam Alla, the North Darfur’s health minister, said that five new cases had emerged within the city of Atuesha. “95 patients are now being held in the hospital and suspected with the infection,” he said.
The health minister has sent a team of 25 doctors from various branches of medicine to assess the situation in Atuesha locality and the surrounding villages in east Darfur.
Unknown illness grips South Darfur
An unknown illness has infected a number of citizens in South Darfur’s Bahr al Arab locality, Abdul Issa Rileyu, commissioner of the area, said on Monday.
Though Rileyu did not disclose the exact number of infected patients, he said that the disease was causing swelling and inflammation in the limbs of the affected. “The disease is spreading quickly. A medical team should be sent to the area to diagnose the unknown disease – to check whether it is elephantiasis or something else,” he said.