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This mysterious illness has killed almost 100 people and no one knows why

The World Health Organization is investigating a mysterious illness that is killing people overseas

A Sudanese migrant in Tel Aviv, Israel.
A Sudanese migrant sits outside a closed shop in south Tel Aviv, Israel, on Oct. 25, 2020.
Oded Balilty, Associated Press

A mysterious illness has killed close to 100 people in South Sudan, raising concern among experts who plan to investigate what happened.

Per BBC News, the World Health Organization has started to investigate the scores of deaths, which happened in Fangak and Jonglei State in South Sudan.

  • The investigation dismissed cholera as an illness.

Sheila Baya, a professor at the college of medicine at the University of Juba, told BBC News that the deaths have caused major concerns among experts.

  • “We decided to send a rapid response team to go and do a risk assessment and an investigation,” she said.
  • “That is when they will be able to collect samples from the sick people but provisionally the figure that we got was that there were 89 deaths.”

Flooding has made it difficult to reach those areas of Sudan, though, according to Newsweek.

Lam Tungwar Kueigwong, the minister of land where the floods occurred, said that severe floods can increase the spread of diseases like malaria, according to the New York Post.