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Three Die from Mysterious Nosebleed in Burundi

A mysterious disease which can cause nosebleeds has killed three people in Burundi.

All of the deaths have occurred in the north-eastern part of the African country — close to the borders with Tanzania and Rwanda.

Patients have reportedly died within 24 hours of their symptoms emerging.

Symptoms of the illness include fever, headaches, vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness and nosebleeds.

Health authorities scrambling to contain the virus have quarantined the area of Baziro – where two of the infected people were moved to and treated.

“It’s a disease that kills quickly,” a panicked nurse from the Migwa health centre told the news site. “It’s terrible; we are all waiting for death.”

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It’s understood she was working at a health care centre that received two of the patients before they died.

The symptoms appear to point towards some sort of viral haemorrhagic fever, which damages the walls of tiny blood vessels making them leak, such as Marburg and Ebola.

However, the Burundian Ministry of Health has already ruled out both illnesses, according to the news site.

The announcement comes soon after neighbouring country Tanzania announced an outbreak of Margburg for the first time, in which eight people developed symptoms and five died.

Health chiefs have now been dispatched to the Kirundo and Muyinga provinces to investigate the nature of the illness.

Details on what the actual illness is are scarce.

SOURCE: The Sun 

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