South Sudan’s mystery hemorrhagic disease that has killed at least 10 people continues to puzzle researchers.
Some of the 33 blood samples that were shipped to WHO labs Uganda, Senegal, and South Africa have turned up positive for diseases like onyong-nyong, chikungunya, and dengue. However, scientists are still trying to find a common cause for the disease that produces Ebola-like symptoms. The samples all tested negative for Ebola.
So far, more than 50 cases have been identified in 2 counties in the country’s northwest.
The area borders Darfur in Sudan, where last year more than 450 cases of undiagnosed hemorrhagic fever and 129 related deaths were reported.