For the past days, Liberia has been gripped by weird deaths caused by an unknown sickness which people initially linked to Ebola.
However, the mystery death reportedly has nothing to do with the epidemic which ravaged the western African country for two years and left over 11,000 dead.
According to the World Health Organization, Liberian authorities are working hard to figure out the cause of the deaths.
The unknown disease has reportedly killed 11 people with about 4 in hospitals who are gravely ill. Although the actual cause of the sickness and deaths is yet unknown, all the victims have one thing in common; they attended a funeral.
“It seems all of these people were attending the funeral of a religious leader,” WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a briefing in Geneva.
“They have taken samples from the dead bodies, and all the samples came back negative for Ebola. They will be looking of course for other hemorrhagic fevers and for bacteria, if there was any common exposure to water contamination or food contamination,” she said.
The unknown sickness has sparked fears in the country of over 4 million people who are still reeling from the aftermath of the Ebola virus disease. Despite WHO’s announcement that the disease is not Ebola, many have fears about what this might mean for their lives and that of their loved ones because the Ebola virus disease spread the same way after some people came in contact with corpses of the victims.
Authorities are nonetheless carrying out tests to determine the cause of the unknown sickness, backed by the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control.
“WHO, CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control) and other partners are providing technical and logistical support to the rapid response team that has been activated at district and county levels,” Chaib said.