- cumulative cases as of 5 pm on Tuesday: 90
- cumulative deaths: 19
- New admissions: 7; that includes 3 in Kikyo and 4 in Bundibugyo
- Current admissions: 23 in Bundi, and I think 14 or 15 in Kikyo
- Positive lab samples: 9, but that will change tomorrow, since there are about 15 samples waiting to be sent on the flight, and the CDC has landed and will be operational with their biohazard level 4 virology lab in Entebbe tomorrow.
- Identified contacts being followed: 327 (which does not include Scott or me, though the epidemiologist told us to follow ourselves because we should be considered contacts)
- Subcounties from which suspected cases have originated: 5 (Kasitu 50, Bubukwanga 18, Bundibugyo Town Council 10, Busaru 4, Harugale 3, others unknown). Note that the case may be counted as arising from a subcounty because the patient’s home is there even if the contact was made elsewhere . . .
We chatted prior to the meeting with some of the doctors and others involved. Dr. Yoti was (as he put it) a young fresh-from-school doctor in the 2000 Gulu Ebola epidemic, and when he survived that he decided to study Infectious Disease as a specialty in South Africa, and now works tirelessly all over Uganda under the auspices of the WHO tracing epidemics and disasters and trying to save lives. I found him clinically solid, thoughtful, and humane, and the kind of guy I’d hope to have in charge of any patient I cared about. Rosa, the MSF Medical Coordinator, a nurse with the experience of the 2007 Congo epidemic and the down-to-tacks hard work and confidence to pull off the isolation and care of patients. She’s spent several days now setting up the isolation wards, arranging for food, water, triage, training teams to man an ambulance to pull in suspected cases safely and another team to safely bury those that die, teaching attendants to protect themselves, as well as managing the patients. Dr. Ann (MSF) and Dr. Thomas (WHO) are carefully tracking the numbers. There are umpteen other people pitching in in every way they can.