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Unity State: Kala azar outbreak kills one, 200 affected


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

September 5, 2012 (BENTIU) - Unity State health officials and the World Health Organization are struggling to contain an outbreak of Kala azar, a disease spread by sand fly bites, in Koch County, 90 kilometres south of the state capital Bentiu.

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Dr. Santino John Tabang Director general of Health Ministry in Unity State, 5 Sept. 2012 (ST/Bonifacio Taban)

Since 1 September, nearly 200 people are believed to be contracted Kala azar, with 84 being treated in Koch County Hospital for the potentially fatal disease that has already killed one person, Dr. Santino John Tabang director general of the state Ministry of Health told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

There was a previous Kala azar outbreak in Unity State in late 1980 during the civil war between Khartoum and former rebels who now govern the independent Republic of South Sudan.

South Sudan’s largest state, Jonglei, normally has the most Kala azar cases. After the current outbreak, Unity State is now ranked second.

Authorities are concerned about the spread of the disease, transmitted by sand flyies which live in bushy acacia trees, which are common in South Sudan. The World Health Organization has transported drugs to Koch County to help treat victims but there are a lack nurses and ward space to cope with the number of patients.

Unity State health officials say they are working to put up more tents.

“We can’t say if the cases are still on rise, so the capacity will be limited so we have a plan to put up tent in future so to accommodate if people are still going and the cases are still going and in term of human resources, we have human resources but we are thinking to send more teams more staffs so as to help”.

Dr. Tabang urged people to move away from bush areas in order to limit the transmission of the disease and encouraged people to use mosquitoes nets at night and in the evening to decrease the risk of being bitten.

The symptoms of Kala azar include fever, weight loss, and loss of appetite. Without proper treatment the mortality rate for kala-azar almost 100 percent.


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  • 6 September 2012 07:31, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Kala-azar is more dangerous than HIV/AIDS.if our govt fail to see into it very well it will kill many,but it is treatable disease with many complication sign and symptom.

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    • 6 September 2012 07:38, by Kurnyel

      This disease is calle Atem, it is because the Nuer are the poorest people in the entire world thus, they live with Cows in one house, with huge smoke inside the house so when babies are borne they sick.with their bodies .for example Riek Machar is sick with eyes that is why you see him like laughing it is because he can not see withou opening his mouth

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      • 6 September 2012 08:01, by Lat Dak Nyaroah

        Kurnyel, hey1 hey! you liar, since when Dinkas become townees? When pointing one finger to a person remember that three of your fingers are pointing at you. Pls stop diverting people’s good opinions to tribal arguement.
        In regards to the out break, the gov’t need to act very fast before more lives are lose. God, Help your people!

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        • 6 September 2012 08:13, by Kurnyeil The Junior

          The governemnt of dinka with nuer has piosonign the people with this sickness called kiir Maryardit and Riek machardit,

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          • 6 September 2012 08:40, by Lat Dak Nyaroah

            Ahahaha! Athot! So you are an anti-heros! let me give you concrete solution to your pregnant problem, pls you get a rope and hung yourself to be free from seeing these two great tribes developing Republic of South Sudan. To tell you truth, when you were busy eating we were in front line (hot Zone) fighting arabs to liberate our people as it has come true.

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  • 6 September 2012 08:29, by master

    i am enjoying this lamentation

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    • 6 September 2012 09:44, by J P Puok

      Kala Zar is fatal and only borne ignorant individual will foolishly comment negatively like the above fellow.
      In the first place it could not be equate to Murle infertility which is real and documented

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    • 6 September 2012 09:57, by Runrach

      It is always fair to keep silient than mocking at people caught by an outbreak /epidemic. Brothers & sisters when coming to nature or any kind of death let us not be laughing but show emotion. How can SS citizens tend to enjoy oil coming out from Unity State while they shows sympathy to unity state death ?

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  • 6 September 2012 11:18, by mohammed ali

    Pathetic! Hatred and filthy language even when pple are dying from a disease. What a wrotten mentality!!!

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    • 6 September 2012 20:06, by Ruach

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      • 6 September 2012 21:44, by panom lualbil

        Symptoms/signs of KALA AZAR are really very bad particularly men who recently used to be fuck in asses by arabs as a condition of having no choices; Of which now become an embarrassing news for SLAVES [nuer] who could do just anything conditionally as whore with money. Hey guys, let’s advice our fellow guys [naath] to consult ARABS for their asses fuck scratch but wont go.

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      • 6 September 2012 22:50, by mohammed ali

        Rauch, is that all what you can say?!That you know few English words does not make a human being.You are still illiterate brain washed ignorant from a very poor family background where you were not brought up hearing profani & filthy word every day. You can’t to become a member of the human beings community!

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        • 30 September 2012 15:41, by Ruach

          What are you talking about gay?

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