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Mysterious disease in Bahia causes one more death and doubles the number of cases

Mysterious disease in Bahia causes one more death and doubles the number of cases

The number of cases caused by a mysterious disease in Bahia, which causes intense muscle pain and black-colored urine, has increased unexpectedly. According to the Secretary of Health of the State of Bahia (Sesab), at least 52 people present the symptoms of the disease, which is treated as "acute myalgia (pain) to clarify". death of a second person who had symptoms. The victim was a man, who had no name and age disclosed. The death occurred on Saturday (7), in Salvador.

The first recorded death due to the disease was also of a man, on December 31, in the municipality of Vera Cruz, in the metropolitan region of Salvador. The Epidemiological Surveillance of Bahia decided to open an investigation to determine if the death was actually proven by the disease.

Sesab is following and analyzing the suspected cases. Of the 44 previously investigated, 43 (97%) had sudden onset of severe muscular pain, 21 (47%) had dark urine, 19 (43%) had a light touch and 16 (36%) had joint pain and sweating Sesab's health surveillance superintendent, Ita Cácia Aguiar, reported in an interview with TV Bahia the possible causes for the disease: "We work with four hypotheses: contamination by bacteria, by virus, by heavy metals and by toxin "We are now with 52 cases, and we do not have an answer to give to the population, and this brings us great anguish."

The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, in Rio de Janeiro, is examining seven stool samples in order to better analyze the disease. The Adolfo Lutz Institute in São Paulo is investigating the presence of heavy metals in fish sent in natura, since the first suspicions were that fish consumed in the region would be causing intoxication. Two samples of fish ingested by patients will also be sent for analysis in the state of Alabama, United States.

According to the Bahia State Department of Health, 44 patients tested negative for bacterial infection. For the time being, the possible causes would be an enterovirus (Bornholm disease) or the ingestion of an unidentified toxin associated with fish consumption (Haff's disease).

"We warn that the population should immediately seek a health facility if All emergency and emergency units are directed to immediately notify suspected cases of Acute Myeliasis, which makes it possible to accelerate the investigation process, "the Secretariat said in an official communiqué.


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