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Update On Lunte Boarding School Cases Of Suspected Movement Disorder

UPDATE ON LUNTE BOARDING SCHOOL CASES OF SUSPECTED MOVEMENT DISORDER

We are also following up some suspected movement disorders from Lunte boarding school in Northern Province. The school has a total of 583 pupils, 26 teachers, and 26 support staff.

On 21st June, the school reported numerous cases of pupils reporting similar signs and symptoms of difficulty in walking, weakness, and painful knees and ankles. Of the 27 pupils affected, 15 were sent back home by the school management for observation. The rest of those with mild symptoms remained in school.

These pupils were placed in a designated isolation area within the school confines. Health workers have been assigned to monitor the pupils’ conditions daily.

To date, 18 recoveries were reported from among both those pupils sent home and those under school isolation. I wish to offer the affected pupils and their families my assurance that this suspected movement disorder may not be of a public health emergency. MOH

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