Unknown disease kills 20 people in Southern Somalia

Published: April 14, 2014

Unknown disease kills 20 people in Southern SomaliaAt least 20 people have died in the past four weeks from a disease yet to be scientifically identified in Southern Somalia.

The worst-hit area is Bardale district of the Bay region, which is situated on the Somali- Ethiopian border and some 60-kilometers west of Baidoa, capital of the region.

District Commissioner Mohamed Isak Hassan said that the disease has been developing since the beginning of last month, March.

“In the last four weeks, Bardaale has reported over 20 deaths which have been caused by a disease that causes the victims liver to enlarge, dropped shoulder syndrome and high fever,” he said.

He called for the Somali government and International aid agencies to intervene this situation. The district doesn’t have a main hospital and adequate medicine, he added.

Bardaale district is one of the strategic towns which were captured from Somali militant group al-Shabab by the Somali government and AMISOM troops recently.

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