Mystery disease prompts investigation after three people die of ‘strange bleeding disease’

A ‘strange’ haemorrhagic disease has started killing people, prompting an investigation into the new ‘mystery disease’ in an East African country.

A team of doctors and health experts has been dispatched to investigate a mysterious illness that has infected more than a dozen people and claimed three lives in Tanzania, according to the government.

Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, fatigue and nosebleeds, chief government medical officer Aifello Sichalwe said in a statement on Wednesday.

So far, 13 cases have been reported in the southeast region of Lindi, including the three people who died.

Sichalwe said the patients tested negative for Ebola and Marburg, as well as Covid-19.

One of the patients had made a full recovery while the others were in isolation, he said.

“The government has trained a team of professionals who are still investigating this unknown disease,” he added, calling on locals to remain calm.

Ghana last week reported two suspected cases of Marburg virus, which belongs to the same family as Ebola and has symptoms including high fever and internal and external bleeding.

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan said on Tuesday that the “strange” illness reported in Lindi may have been caused by an “increasing interaction” between humans and wildlife due to environmental degradation.

Marburg and Ebola, known to spread between humans, can be carried by fruit bats.

Ghana – located on the west coast of Africa – last week reported two suspected cases of Marburg virus, which kills up to 90% of infected patients.

The patients did not know each other, suggesting the disease is spreading more widely.

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