Sunday, December 23, 2007
Ebola Bundibugyo, the Sunday night numbers
Two steps forward, one step backward…the first Ebola death since December 13th. Cumulative cases: 134 Cumulative deaths: 35 (Case Fatality Rate, CFR = 26.1%) Case Fatality Rate among Laboratory confirmed cases = 12/34 = 35.3% Current admissions: Bundibugyo Hospital 5, with no new admissions, no discharges, no deaths. Kikyo 2, with no new admissions or discharges, but one death. Contacts: 587 of which 148 have finished their 21 day follow-up period. 321 were visited today. Tomorrow, I will fly out with Pat and three others from MSF to spend Christmas with my wife, my kids, and my Team. As much as I am bursting to see my kids again…I also don’t want to go, to leave behind my fellow soldiers fighting the war against Ebola, against death. As Jennifer mentions below, our Net access is limited at best in Kampala. Funny, but we are better connected to the world in rural Bundibugyo than in Uganda’s capital. May your Christmas celebrations be filled with the Life and Light of the World.