Zambia minister confirms mysterious killer disease

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A mysterious illness with flu-like symptoms has broken out in Zambia, leaving three people dead so far.

According to Health Minister Brian Chituwo a South African resident in Zambia, the first person to suffer from the strange disease on 4 September, was evacuated to South Africa’s Morningside Clinic in Johannesburg, where she died on 13 September.

The second victim was a paramedic who escorted the patient to South Africa, while the third was a nurse based at Morningside Clinic, who attended to the first patient.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the driver of the ambulance that ferried the patient from Lanseria Airport to Morningside in South Africa was critically ill.

“All these patients developed a fever, cough and bled from various parts of their bodies,” Chituwo said, explaining that laboratory investigations carried out so far did not point to any known disease.

Chituwo said the situation was under control and that all travels, either local or international, by air or road should continue as usual.

The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and the U.S. Centre for Disease Control, is carrying out necessary investigations.

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