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Mystery disease hits Hwange

by Staff Reporter
21 May 2017 at 10:08hrs | Views
A mysterious disease has caused a stir in Hwange district as close to 50 people have been hospitalised at Lukosi Hospital in the past weeks.

Patients are taken in complaining of severe pain, which causes paralysis of the backbone, lower and upper body rendering them immobile.

No deaths have been reported, Sunday News reported.

Matabeleland North provincial medical director Dr Nyasha Masuka said 42 people complaining of back aches, joint pains and high temperatures visited Lukosi Hospital.

"Most patients were admitted for three to four days and were given antibiotics and paracetamol. Investigations for malaria turned out negative. We couldn't conduct further tests because patients could not afford and because of limited capacity at St Luke's Hospital.

"It's not that we couldn't diagnose what disease it was but we had those challenges in conducting the necessary tests," he said.

 Hwange Colliery has since been asked to assist with tests while other samples have been sent to Bulawayo for testing.

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Source - Sunday News