Nearly 100 students from St. Theresa Eregi Girls Secondary School in Kenya are suffering from an outbreak of a mysterious illness that is causing knee pain, difficulty walking, leg paralysis, and convulsions, according to Newsweek. Although various tests have been conducted, including blood, stool, and urine samples, medical experts have yet to determine the root cause of the illness.
Given the lack of clarity around the cause of the illness, the school has reportedly been closed indefinitely by officials from the Education Ministry. Various theories have emerged as to the cause of the illness. Some health professionals have suggested that mass hysteria could be a potential cause. This is a condition where physical symptoms are caused by emotional or mental stress. Other theorists link the illness to a schoolwide COVID vaccination which reportedly occurred in July, however, neither of these theories have been confirmed.
🚨 A very interesting coincidence that one year later, nearly 100 students from St. Theresa Eregi Girls are now suffering from a mysterious disease… 😷🤔 pic.twitter.com/nGesX2tWyU
— Cyprian, Is Nyakundi (@C_NyaKundiH) October 5, 2023
The authorities are still investigating the matter and waiting for test results to determine the cause of the illness. In the meantime, efforts are being made to provide medical support and care to the affected students. The incident highlights the need for continued vigilance and prompt action in identifying and addressing potential public health threats.
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