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    Re: Walikale: 26 dead in three months from an unknown disease

    The war is the reason that it took three months to raise this alarm. What is not clear from the article (and we only have the one article on this outbreak) is the denominator: how many cases are there? If there are only 40-50 cases, then this could be an Ebola or Marburg outbreak. If there are hundreds, or even thousands of cases, then the pathogens discussed in the last posting are more relevant.

    Of note is that fever has not yet been mentioned as a symptom.

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    There is a war going on in this area: yesterday a report stating 7 were killed and 3 villages burnt down.

    French:

    http://www.radiookapi.net/index.php?i=53&a=24748

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    Published Date
    2009-09-18 01:02:12
    Subject
    PRO/EAFR> Undiagnosed diarrheal illness - DR Congo: (North Kivu),
    Archive Number
    20090918.202370
    Full Text
    UNDIAGNOSED DIARRHEAL ILLNESS - DR CONGO: (NORTH KIVU), FATAL
    ***********************************************
    Date: 16 Sep 2009
    Source: Radio Okapi [in French, trans. JW, edited]
    http://www.radiookapi.net/index.php?i=53&a=24717


    A mysterious illness has struck the Walikale territory for the last 3
    months. The symptoms of this disease include diarrhea and vomiting.
    The tribal chief Lukong Birunga of Waloa Yungu told Radiookapi.net
    that the illness 1st manifested in his group Waloa Yungu before
    reaching 5 localities of North Kivu province, namely Buhimba, Kimuwa,
    Nando, Mikweti, Kahilenge-Mitwa. The same source said that during 3
    months, 26 deaths were recorded including the case on Monday [14 Sep 2009].

    Also according to the same source, patients have no access to medical
    care, because there is no functional health facility on site. Health
    officials in Goma already have the information, says the source, but
    cannot go there to intervene because of the bad security situation.
    The traditional authority says that the Waloa Yungu group in the
    territory of Walikale in North Kivu is so far experiencing armed
    groups and foreign forces who are the law there.

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    ProMED-EAFR


    [The report highlights an evolving fatal diarrheal illness that is
    escalating due to absence of any form of control interventions in the
    affected areas. The cases are possibly due to an outbreak of cholera
    or any of the other enteric pathogens capable of causing fatal acute
    diarrhoea, like salmonella, shigella, or pathogenic _E. coli_. It
    will be appreciated if additional information is provided on the
    exact cause of the current outbreak.


    North Kivu can be located on the interactive HealthMap/ProMED map of
    DR Congo at: http://healthmap.org/r/00Pl. - Mod.JFW]

    [see also:
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery: Worldwide 20090914.202068
    Cholera - Ethiopia (02): Addis Ababa, susp., RFI 20090909.201978
    Cholera - Ethiopia: Addis Ababa, susp., RFI 20090906.201904
    Cholera - Zimbabwe (02): (Manicaland) 20090827.201489
    Cholera update: WHO global surveillance summary 2008 20090805.201108
    Cholera - DR Congo: (N. & S. Kivu) 20090726.200887
    Cholera - Somalia: (Mogadishu) 20090726.200886
    Cholera - Zimbabwe: (Mashonaland E. Prov) 20090725.200878
    Cholera - Uganda (02): (Busia) RFI 20090724.200847
    Cholera - Sudan: (N. Bahr-al-Ghazal, Aweil), conf 20090717.200637
    Cholera - Uganda: (Busia) susp 20090715.200580
    Cholera - Uganda: (Kasese), ex DR Congo 20090712.200530


    [For additional background information on cholera, diarrhea and
    dysentery available from the general ProMED-mail list, the postings
    below can be found at: < http://www.promedmail.org >.

    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (22) 20090913.3223
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (21) 20090819.2939
    Cholera, non-O1 - Netherlands ex Spain (02): (CN) 20090818.2931
    Cholera, non-O1 - Netherlands ex Spain (CN) 20090803.2725
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (20) 20090724.2616
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (19) 20090720.2575
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (18) 20090709.2469
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (17) 20090429.1620
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (16) 20090310.0991
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (15) 20090212.0632
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (14) 20090210.0604
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (13) 20090204.0491
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (12) 20090203.0474
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (11) 20090128.0393
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (10) 20090126.0355
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (09) 20090122.0275
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (08) 20090120.0245
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (07) 20090116.0182
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (06) 20090113.0140
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (05) 20090112.0124
    Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update 2009 (04) 20090110.0107]
    .................................................. ......mpp/jw/be/jfw/msp

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    And ProMed has posted the above article with the following comment. To me, given the location and the reported symptoms, a viral hemorrhagic fever is certainly possible, as well.

    http://promedmail.org/pls/otn/f?p=24..._ID:1030,79255

    A rapid investigation of this disease would be necessary to place us on this situation. But the symptoms described in Article could think of cholera or a possible poisoning by exposure to an environmental toxin. Dans tous les cas une confirmation par une équipe d'experts est indispensable, et ProMED-mail souhaiterai avoir connaissance des résultats d'une telle investigation. La carte interactive du HealthMap/ProMED-mail de la République démocratique du Congo est disponible à < http://healthmap.org/r/00Pp >. In all cases confirmed by a team of experts is essential, and ProMED-mail would like to have knowledge of the results of such investigation. The interactive map of HealthMap / ProMED-mail from the Democratic Republic of Congo is available at <http : / / healthmap.org/r/00Pp>. - Mod.SC] ...................................mpp/mj/sc *################################################# #########* ********************* ProMED-mail fait son maximum pour verifier les donnees en ligne, cependant la veracite et l'integralite des informations donnees, de meme que toutes les declarations et opinions basees sur ces dernieres ne sont pas garanties. Le lecteur assume tout risque en utilisant les renseignements affiches ou archives par ProMED-mail. - Mod.SC] ...................................mpp / mj / sc *#

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    Walikale: 26 dead in 3 months after an unknown disease
    Nord Kivu | Santé | Mercredi 16 Septembre 2009 à 10:28:04 North Kivu | Health | Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 10:28:04



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    Une maladie inconnue frappe le territoire de Walikale depuis trois mois. A mysterious illness strikes the Walikale territory for three months. Les symptômes de cette maladie sont la diarrhée et les vomissements. The symptoms of this disease are diarrhea and vomiting. Le chef coutumier Lukonge Birunga 4 de Waloa Yungu a indiqué à radiookapi.net que cette maladie s'est d'abord manifestée dans son groupement de Waloa Yungu, avant d'atteidre cinq localités de ce territoire de la province du Nord Kivu, à savoir Buhimba, Kimuwa, Nando, Mikweti, Kahilenge-Mitwa. The tribal chief Lukong Birunga 4 Walo Yungu radiookapi.net told that the disease was first manifested in his group Walo Yungu before atteidre five localities of the territory of North Kivu province, namely Buhimba, Kimuwa, Nando, Mikweti, Kahilenge-Mitwa. La même source souligne que depuis trois mois, 26 morts sont enregistrés dont le dernier cas date de lundi. The same source said that since three months, 26 deaths were recorded, the last case until Monday. Toujours selon la même source, les malades n'ont pas accès aux soins médicaux, car, il n'existe aucune structure sanitaire fonctionnelle sur place. According to the same source, the patients have no access to medical care because there is no functional health facility on site. Les responsables sanitaires à Goma sont déjà informés, précise la source, mais ne peuvent pas se déplacer pour intervenir à cause de l'insécurité. Health officials in Goma have been informed, said the source, but can not move to intervene because of insecurity.
    L' autorité traditiionnelle rappelle que le groupement de Waloa Yungu dans le territoire de Walikale au Nord Kivu est jusqu'à ce jour en proie des groupes armés et forces étrangères qui y font la loi. The authority traditiionnelle recalls that the group Walo Yungu in the territory of Walikale in North Kivu has so far plagued by armed groups and foreign forces who are the law.


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