An unknown disease is said to have killed at least 15 South Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers at Manybol, a military camp in Pibor County in Jonglei State. Speaking to the Sudan Tribune on Monday [30 Sep 2013], the Commissioner of Pibour [sic] County, Joshua Konyi Irer, described the disease as serious and fatal. The Commissioner who visited Manybol 5 days ago [25 Sep 2013] said 3 soldiers died on the day he was at the military camp. "The patients die after a short time," he added.
The Commissioner expressed fears that the yet-to-be diagnosed disease could wipe out the entire SPLA unit in the area saying that 15 soldiers had died since the disease broke out in the 2nd week of September . He said those infected with the disease are unable to move and complain of headache and fever. No civilian in Manybol is yet to die from the disease but there are fears it could spread to the civilian population.
Attempts by Sudan Tribune to get a comment from the SPLA Commanding Officers in Manybol and the SPLA Spokesperson in Juba were unsuccessful.
Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) doctors made a visit to Manybol early this month [September 2013] to assess some of the patients suffering from the disease but MSF's communications officer in Juba, Judy Waguma, said it was not possible to ascertain the disease without a full medical examination.Click through to read the moderator's very informed thoughts on what the outbreak might be.