Via ReliefWeb, a September 3 AFP report: Ebola outbreak in remote DR Congo district both a challenge and a chance. Excerpt:
When the deadly Ebola virus struck anew last month in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the outbreak was centred in a district sufficiently remote to be both a blessing and a bane for medical staff.
The World Health Organization, quoting local authorities, said Tuesday that 31 people have died since August 11 after the disease was reported around Boende.
WHO, however, said the outbreak "remained contained", as more aid teams struggle to reach the area in Equateur province some 800 kilometres (500 miles) from the capital Kinshasa.
"In the DRC, logistics are a major challenge," said Jeroen Beijnberger, medical coordinator for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in this country where decades of neglect have left minimal road and rail structure.
Boende is so isolated that the risk that the highly contagious disease will spread is low, unlike the situation in west Africa, where a raging epidemic has claimed more than 1,500 lives this year, according to the WHO.
Yet Boende's very location in the heart of dense equatorial forest is an obstacle to health workers who need swiftly to quarantine fever victims showing early symptoms like blinding headaches, muscle pain, vomiting and diarrhoea.