Marian van der Snoek (Medical coordinator)
On February 7thin Isiro, Medair received
an alert concerning an unidentified epidemic bearing all the signs of pneumonia.
Patients were complaining of high fever, coughing up blood-stained sputum,
difficulties breathing, and many of them died after only 3 days of illness.
Over 40 people had died in a diamond
mining area near Zobia, in the North-East of Congo. This area located in
the tropical rainforest is difficult to access due to very bad roads and
practically no means of communication.
While alerting the medical authorities,