Director General of the National Center for Disease Control, Haider Al-Sayeh, denied on Saturday the spread of meningitis in Sabha, saying: "There is no unidentified disease in Kufra."

He also explained, in a post on his official Facebook account, that what was "detected and diagnosed in our branch in Kufra is the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) known to spread at this time," reassuring the public that the syncytial virus "is not dangerous."

Al-Sayeh confirmed that if something dangerous was detected, the NCDC would announce it immediately, warning against disseminating such information by the media without verification.

Libyan media reported Friday that an unknown virus had spread among children in the city of Kufra.