Fear as Mysterious Deaths of Children Occur in One Village

Residents of the Mnarani area of Kilifi County are reeling under shock after a yet-to-be identified illness claimed the lives of at least 17 children.

All the victims are reported to have exhibited similar symptoms and only survived for a few hours.

According to a report in the Standard, parents said that only children under the age of five had been affected by the disease.

Symptoms include difficulties in breathing, mild coughs, fever and general body weakness.

Helpless parents said that their young ones died within 24 hours after after developing the symptoms, which are often associated with pneumonia.

“She fell sick for about 20 hours only. We took her to two hospitals but she never survived even after been placed under High Dependency Unit,” a parent, Opollo Zacharia, said.

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Another bereaved parent, Alfred Oyoma, said: “She died in less than 24 hours and the diagnosis we were given was pneumonia.”

The 17 children died between March 3 and March 22, as a health worker said that they could have died of pneumonia.

The health worker said that “a misdiagnosis could have led to the deaths of the innocent souls”.

At the time, the unnamed health official said, sudden change of weather might have triggered the fatal illness.

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