Undiagnosed hemorrhagic disease – Tanzania

A mystery illness that causes people to vomit blood has killed 15 people in Ifumbo, Tanzania and hospitalized more than 50 others.

Medical teams have been deployed to the area to try to uncover the cause of the outbreak. Tanzania borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where just last summer the second largest Ebola outbreak on record was finally declared over, after two years.

Ebola is one of a handful of hemorrhagic fevers that are a cause for concern in the region, though this seems to be an unlikely cause given the symptoms.

Samples of local water and patient blood are being tested by the government.

Symptoms of high fever, nausea, and vomiting blood were also reported from this region 2 years ago, although nothing conclusive was ever announced. Health Minister Gwajika promised updates on the current situation.

Photo: Artist rendering of a pathogen.

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