AA / Kinshasa / Pascal Mulegwa
An as yet unidentified disease has killed nearly 90 children aged 0 to 5 in just two months in a poor region in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Congolese authorities said on Saturday.
The victims identified in several villages in the province of Kwilu show signs of fever causing anemia and diarrhea, said Jean-Pierre Basake, head of the health division of this province.
“The first cases have appeared since the end of August, but families were using traditional remedies without going through health structures,” he added, adding that around 90 children died in two months.
When the cases were referred to hospitals, “a strong community resistance was manifested in particular by the refusal of blood transfusion”, according to the same authority.
Samples were taken for testing in Kinshasa, at the national laboratory, said the head of the provincial health division, responsible for carrying out epidemiological surveillance.
The province of Kwilu is one of Kinshasa’s sources of supply for everyday consumer products, but often struck by mysterious diseases.
At the end of 2018, a disease of unknown origin killed more than two thousand cattle. Last August, another disease killed fish in several rivers.
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