A new mysterious disease has caused a stir in Hwange district, Zimbabwe as close to 50 people have been hospitalised at Lukosi Hospital, in the past weeks, Sunday News reports.
Patients are taken in complaining of severe pain, which causes paralysis of the backbone, lower and upper body rendering them immobile.
According to Sunday News, no deaths have been reported.
Matabeleland North provincial medical director Dr. Nyasha Masuka said 42 people complaining of back aches, joint pains and high temperatures visited Lukosi Hospital.
“Most patients were admitted for three to four days and were given antibiotics and paracetamol. Investigations for malaria turned out negative. We couldn’t conduct further tests because patients could not afford and because of limited capacity at St Luke’s Hospital.
“It’s not that we couldn’t diagnose what disease it was but we had those challenges in conducting the necessary tests,” he said.
Hwange Colliery has since been asked to assist with tests while other samples have been sent to Bulawayo for testing.