Mystery illness claims 12 lives in Liberia

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  • 28 people have become sick since attending a funeral in Sinoe County, Liberia
  • Symptoms include headache, diarrhea, vomiting and confusion

(CNN)An unexplained illness has claimed the lives of 12 people in Liberia since April 23, the World Health Organization reported Thursday. Twenty-eight people have fallen ill, including an unknown number of children, and three remain hospitalized at Francis Grant Hospital in Sinoe County.

The mystery began when an 11-year-old was admitted to a hospital April 23. The child had diarrhea and vomiting and was confused after attending the funeral of a religious leader the previous day, according to the WHO.
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