Mysterious illness sparks investigation after three people die of ‘strange blood disease’

A ‘strange’ bleeding disease has started killing people, prompting an investigation into a new ‘mystery disease’ in the East African nation.

A team of doctors and health experts have been sent to investigate a mysterious illness that has infected more than a dozen people and killed three in Tanzania, according to the government.

Symptoms of the illness include fever, headaches, fatigue and nosebleeds, the government’s chief health officer, Aifello Sichalve, said on Wednesday.

So far, 13 cases have been reported in the southeast region of Lindi, including three deaths.

Sichalwe said the patients had tested negative for Ebola and Marburg viruses, as well as Covid-19.

According to him, one of the patients has fully recovered, the rest are in isolation.

“The government has formed a team of professionals who are still researching this unknown disease,” he added, urging people in the area to remain calm.

Last week, Ghana reported two suspected cases of Marburg virus, which belongs to the same family as Ebola and has symptoms such as high fever, internal and external bleeding.

Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan said on Tuesday that the “strange” illness reported in Lindi could be caused by “growing interactions” between humans and wildlife as a result of environmental degradation.

Both Marburg and Ebola, which are known to spread between humans, can be carried by fruit bats.

Ghana, on the west coast of Africa, last week reported two suspected cases of the Marburg virus, which kills up to 90 percent of infected patients.

The patients did not know each other, suggesting that the disease spread more widely.

– With AFP

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