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Mysterious disease kills 5 children in Trans-Nzoia

09 July 2015, 12:22 Philomenah Chebet

Kitale - A mysterious disease has killed at least five children aged between 6 and 15 years at Mwamba Village, Endebess Constituency in Trans-Nzoia County in the last three weeks, alarming medics and residents alike.

Close to 15 other children who are receiving medical attention in different health facilities in the region are said to be experiencing similar symptoms of severe headache and stomach pains.

Sospeter Shikuku, a father of one of the girls who succumbed to the yet to be identified disease last week, said doctors were puzzled by the condition of his girl who initially had been diagnosed with malaria.

“My nine-year-old daughter fell sick and we took her to a nearby dispensary where we were told after tests that she had malaria. She was treated and discharged. We got shocked when she soon thereafter succumbed to the ailment,” he said.

“I am perturbed because I do not know what killed my daughter. It is shocking because other children in this same village have died after exhibiting similar symptoms,” he added.

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The County Chief officer for health, Dr Maurice Wakwabubi dispatched health personnel to the village to ascertain the situation after a fifth child succumbed to the mysterious disease.

Speaking to journalists Wednesday, Dr Wakwabubi said the medical practitioners who have been deployed in the area will take blood and food samples for testing.

“We are sure we will contain this diseases in the shortest time possible. I am asking members of the public to stop panicking and speculating on what the disease is as this will only cause unnecessary alarm,” he said.

“We want to be certain about what is killing our people; that is why we are asking the public to wait for the full report and not be swayed over by opinion of people who are not medics,”  said Dr Wakwabubi who urged County residents to report to the nearest health centres whenever they develop stomach and head aches.

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