The media in the Democratic Republic of Congo don't seem to have picked up on today's confirmation of at least two Ebola deaths. But this report from late last week in La Conscience tells us people keep dying of something: DRC: Equateur: the unknown disease killed 10 more. Excerpt from a lightly edited Google translation:
The unidentified illness plaguing the territory Boende in Equateur province has caused a total of 75 deaths, ten more than the previous record, provincial authorities announced Thursday, Aug. 21. The delegation led by the Minister of Health and Acting Governor of Equateur was still Watsikengo Thursday in the area of health Djera, 25 kilometers Boende-center.
In Mbandaka, the provincial capital, a crisis meeting was held on Friday, August 22, 2014.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of Budget, Gertrude Ndjoli Bekombe, the provincial medical inspector, Franck Boembi, and representatives of public institutions, civil society and humanitarian partners. The aim was to establish a committee of provincial struggle to cope with the disaster.
The last two victims of this disease were recorded Wednesday Watsikengo, said the interim medical inspector, Dr. Franck Boembi.
The latter is still talking about a situation of alert in the province, pending the results of analysis of samples sent to the National Institute for Biomedical Research (INRB) in Kinshasa.
Another suspect case would be registered in Bongondjo area, Mbandaka. The husband of a 37-year old victim says his wife had a high fever and blood flows before dying. But no samples were taken from the body of the victim, buried immediately after her death.