The Ministry of Public Health issued on Thursday the following statement:

“In the past 72 hours, the northern town of Kfaraabida lived a state of utter panic and confusion after the questionable death of an elderly man and then an elderly woman’s suffering of the same symptoms, which required her to be taken into intensive care.

Out of keenness on health security on the one hand, and on boosting the sense of safety among citizens by dispelling any doubts they may have, by verifying, addressing or refuting those doubts, on the other hand, the Ministry of Health has, since Monday evening, been following up on this dossier through District Doctor, Wissam Saadeh, who is scheduled to hold at noon today (Thursday) a meeting with the town’s dignitaries and locals to brief them on the scientific and medical reality of the two cases. The ministry also sent a team from the epidemiological surveillance department to Karaabida to conduct the necessary field investigations. The team took samples of the town’s water and sent them to the laboratories of the scientific research center in Fanar, as well as samples of the blood of the deceased and the patient in question, which were sent to laboratories abroad. The team also visited the hospital where the patient is being treated to review the medical file and the necessary procedure.

The Ministry of Health confirms that the issue is under control and there is no need for panic. There is no epidemic widespread in the town, pending the results of the tests to take the necessary action. The Ministry calls upon citizens, in case they need any inquiry or wish to give any information on the matter, to head to the Office of the District’s Medical Department in Batroun.

Source: National News Agency