Thanks to Pathfinder at FluTrackers for tweeting about this outbreak. Via Radio Okapi: Nord-Kivu : une maladie inconnue fait 15 morts en deux semaines à Mangina.[North Kivu: Unknown disease in Mangina leaves 15 dead in two weeks] Excerpt from the Google translation, and then another, somewhat contradictory, report:
An unknown disease characterized by diarrhea, fever, and vomiting has been observed for two months in the rural district of Mangina, about 30 km southwest of the city of Beni (North Kivu). According to the chief medical officer of the Mabalako / Mangina health zone, Dr Germain Kamaliro, in the last two weeks, fifteen deaths have been recorded in the twenty-six identified cases.
"For two months, there has been a phenomenon that is affecting the population, which is characterized by the emission of liquid stools and vomiting and then death either by epitaxy or by fever. It's been at least two weeks since we found that there is really a surge of cases, Until then we have 15 deaths out of the 26 cases identified since May, " said Dr. Germain Kamaliro.
He announced the sending to Goma and Kinshasa samples of the samples for analysis.
"As the samples are being sent to the laboratory at Goma and Kinshasa by tomorrow, it is the results that can confirm that there is a problem," continued Dr. Germain Kamaliro.
He said, however, that it is not a haemorrhagic fever, "because for haemorrhagic fever there is bleeding in all the orifices. "
"At the moment this disease is first located in the rural commune of Mangina and all patients are treated in the reference center of Mangina and we have also noted some sporadic cases in other structures such as the health area of Linzo who referred to Mangodomu, " added Dr Germain Kamaliro.
The FluTrackers report, from Actualite.cd, is different. Excerpt from the Google translation, and then a comment:
At least 17 people died of an unknown disease in the town of Mangina and in the city of Beni (North Kivu). Mangina is located 30 kilometers west of the city of Beni.
Kinshasa, July 30, 2018 - This Saturday, July 28, 2018, the Provincial Health Division of North Kivu has notified 25 cases of fever in the health area of Mangina, located about 30 km southwest of the city of Beni.
Samples have been collected and are being sent to Kinshasa for analysis by the National Institute for Biomedical Research (INRB).
An investigative team from the General Directorate for the Fight Against Disease (DGLM) composed of three experts, including two epidemiologists and a biologist, will arrive in Beni as early as Tuesday, July 31, 2018 to support the provincial team.
The Ministry of Health instructed health professionals in the province to respect individual protection measures. In addition, the Ministry invites the population in the areas concerned to remain calm, vigilant and to respect the hygiene measures, in particular the regular washing of the hands.