Ivory Coast: 12 children die mysteriously in 2 months in a village
Twelve children have died since December in a village in central Côte d’Ivoire from a mysterious disease that has still not been identified.
The mystery remains intact. Twelve children died of an undetermined illness in the village of Kpo-Kahankro, in the center of the Ivory Coast since December.
“We recorded six deaths in December 2022, three on Friday January 20, and three more this Thursday, which brings the total number of deaths to twelve”, explained Paul Kouassi, the president of a youth association in the village.
The victims are all “between 1 and 8 years old,” said the village resident, explaining common symptoms. The children suddenly began to stiffen up and vomit.
Faced with the magnitude of the news, two ministers had gone to this village after the first deaths. Some sick had been transferred to the University Hospital of Bakoué, the largest city in the area.
“We don’t know what’s going on. The government took samples from the first bodies in December and the results are still awaited. After the three deaths on Thursday, patients were again transferred to the Bouaké University Hospital,” added Paul Kouassi.
So far, no specific disease has been identified.