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Friday, December 21, 2007

Ebola Bundibugyo, Friday Night Numbers

Today's numbers...
-Cumulative cases: 132
-Cumulative deaths: 34 (CFR 25.8%)
-Current Admissions: Bundibugyo Hospital 3, of which 1 is a new admission, no discharges and no deaths. Kikyo Health Unit has 2 inpatients, with no new admissions, 1 discharge and no deaths.
-Contacts: 577 total, 124 completed their 21 day follow-up, and 379 (94%) were followed up today.

Issues of the evening briefing (see the picture of the Task Force meeting above):
- 5 dogs were found dead in Bundibugyo Township today causing general panic due to fear that the dog deaths could be caused by Ebola. CDC experts assured everyone that Ebola has never been known to be found in dogs (collective sigh of relief).
-70 herbalists were sensitized/trained today. Not sure exactly what that means or how effective the training will be.

The pictures above...
-The Bundibugyo District Ebola Task Force meets in a Unicef tent every evening from 5:30-7pm (avg attendance ~ 50).
-The Kikyo Health Unit MSF Isolation Unit is now a finely tuned machine, terraced and complete with brick-lined crushed stone sidewalks.

The RDC reminded everyone to be vigilant as we approach the Christmas celebrations.
Vigilant...watchful, observant, attentive, alert, eagle-eyed, hawk-eyed, on the lookout, on one's toes, on the qui vive; wide awake, wakeful, unwinking, on one's guard, cautious, wary, circumspect, heedful, mindful.

A biblical reminder for sure...


Anonymous said...

Dear Scott,
Thank you for your vigilance in keeping up the blog while Jennifer is away. I appreciate your photos, which tell a detailed, most interesting additional story, and for your very objective perspective. I hope that you will soon be able to rejoin your family and that you all will have a Christmas of deep joys and a New Year full of blessings. I deeply appreciate how wonderfully you all serve as God's hands. I thank God for you. Judy in HMB

Anonymous said...

Continued prayers come your way. May God touch your Christmas celebrations in a special way.