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Title: Liberia, unexplained fatal illness caused 13 deaths so far; meningitis bacteria isolated in some patients.

Subject: Undiagnosed fatal illness, cluster of cases in Liberia; Neisseria Meningitidis serogroup C isolated from some patients’ samples.

Source: China National Emergency Broadcasting (CNEB), full page: (LINK). Article in Chinese.

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WHO says 13 people have been killed in an unidentified epidemic in Liberia

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2017-05-11 10:44 Source: Xinhua News Agency

Xinhua News Agency, Geneva, May 10 (Reporter Zhang Miao) The World Health Organization issued a communiqué on the 10th, said Liberia’s unexplained cluster of fatal illness, as of May 9, caused 31 Cases, of which 13 were killed.

A local 11-year-old child on April 22 after having participated to a funeral, developed diarrhea, vomiting and blurred consciousness and other symptoms, died, and subsequently other people developed illness and passed away.

The Liberian Ministry of Health has rapidly launched emergency management and laboratory infrastructure established in the Ebola epidemic and sent blood, urine and plasma samples to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to detect whether the deaths were caused by infectious diseases and Environmental toxins lead.

As of May 5, 21 samples tested negative for Ebola. On 8 May, the Liberian Ministry of Health informed WHO that four samples from deceased patients were positive for type C meningitis.

WHO said that although most of the current reports point to the possible cause of disease or death for meningitis, the current investigation is continuing to see if other cases are also infected with meningitis.

Since receiving the notification, WHO has been working closely with the Liberian Ministry of Health and other partners to conduct comprehensive coordination, monitoring, contact tracking, case management and so on. In the process of waiting for all toxicology reports, the Liberia Ministry of Health is also studying whether vaccination against meningitis is a suitable response.

Responsible: Zhang Ze Xin

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Keywords: Liberia; Undiagnosed Illness; Meningitis.

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