Mysterious ailment kills 4, downs 19 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 July 2011 17:23

Physicians are baffled by a mysterious disease that has so far killed four people and hospitalized 19 others in Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte.
Reports reaching Daily Zamboanga Times disclosed that 19 people from Sibuco affected by the unknown disease are confined at the Zamboanga City Medical Center where doctors could not exactly diagnose the kind of ailment they are suffering from.

The lower limbs of the 19 patients are swollen. They complained of cramps, loss of appetite and vomitting.

Hospital officials said there had been similar cases in the past in which the patients came from different places. But this time, they are puzzled because all the 19 patients come from one place — Sibuco.
Sibuco Mayor Bong Edding told ABS-CBN that the patients come from a coastal barangay  of some 800 population.

Edding said the barangay is a typically normal village where there is not much activities such as mining or others that may bring diseases or infection.
The mayor recommends laboratory for the patients to pinpoint the culprit.

He said there has been no food contamination in that village where the patients came from.
Zamboanga City Medical Center officials refuse to give any statement to the media pending the results of laboratory examinations.