According to Minister of Public Health Malachie Manaouda, Cameroon has limited mobility along the border with Equatorial Guinea in the wake of “many inexplicable deaths” caused by an unknown illness that causes hemorrhagic fever. Manaouda made the announcement on Friday. In a statement, he explained that the limits were put in place because of “the high risk of importing this disease and in order to detect and respond to any instances at an early stage.”
With the assistance of knowledgeable individuals from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, investigations are now being conducted, and epidemiological surveillance has been enhanced. Malachie stated that, at this point in time, there is “no need to be frightened” about the situation.
In a statement that was released on Wednesday, Equatorial Guinea said that it had registered an “unusual epidemiological situation” over the past few weeks in its Nsok Nsomo district, which is located in the Kie-Ntem province. In a short amount of time, this situation led to the deaths of nine people in two nearby towns.
On Thursday, a crisis commission that had been established by the health ministry reported a tenth fatality. Fever, weakness, bloody vomiting, and diarrhea were some of the symptoms that were noted. A group was dispatched to isolate contact cases and collect samples, which were then delivered to a WHO laboratory for further analysis. According to the statement, a woman and her two children were rushed to the hospital, where they received relatively minor treatment and ultimately made a full recovery.
A spokeswoman for the WHO stated that the organization was helping with the testing of samples to determine what caused the deaths and that the results should be available within the next few days. Cameroon said that roughly 20 deaths had been documented on Wednesday in villages located in the Kie-Ntem province of Equatorial Guinea. This province shares a border with the Olamze district of Cameroon.
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Ngu Fankam Roland, the district’s head of health, said in a statement that the symptoms of the “non-identified illness” were nose bleeds, fever, joint pain, and other ailments that caused death within a few hours. According to the statement, death occurred within a few hours of the onset of the symptoms.