Lucie Lecomte sent this Congolese News Agency report on Africatime.com: Outbreak of Ebola in Boende: 5 new cases reported. Excerpt from the Google translation:
The updated statistics of the Congolese Ministry of Health on the epidemic of Ebola virus disease plaguing the health zone Boende south of the Equateur province, north-western DRC indicate that 5 new cases have recently been reported, thus raising the number of cases from 53 to 58 September 1 to September 3, 2014.
According to the Ministry of Public Health, a cumulative total of 58 cases, there are 13 confirmed, 22 probable and 23 suspected, with 31 deaths (mortality rate 53.4%), including six health workers. To date, 291 people have been in contact patients are followed which 285 were seen.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Felix Kabange Numbi, arrived Tuesday in Boende after a 24 hour stopover in Mbandaka, capital of Equateur, at the head of a delegation that includes the representative of World Health Organization (WHO) in the DRC, Dr. Joseph Waogodo Caboré, director of the Department of Vaccines and Immunization at WHO in Geneva, Dr. Jean Marie Okwo Bele (originally from the DRC) and Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) Kinshasa, the professor and virologist Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum.
According to a press release from the WHO office in the DRC, the Congolese Minister of Public Health said during his visit to Mbandaka the DRC and its partners are launching a major challenge, to be able to interrupt the chain of transmission this mortal virus within 45 days.
He also said it is crucial that the Ebola virus disease remains confined in one area of health Boende and it does not reach Mbandaka, the provincial County seat, access and exchange with Kinshasa made by the Congo River.
The Health Zone Boende is located 1,200 kilometers from Kinshasa, and 600 km south-east of Mbandaka, in a region with high hydrography, including large Lomela, Salonga and Tshuapa rivers experiencing intense fishing activities and 'trade of food products with other border communities of two neighboring provinces further south, Kasai Occidental and Kasai Oriental.
In the city of Boende, located 68 km from Lokolia which is the epicenter of the epidemic, there is the International Committee of Technical and Scientific Coordination (CICTS), which coordinates the management of all the statistics of the epidemic, developing an update of the status report of the disease. The same CICTS must ensure infection control in the isolation of patients set up by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Centre.