Friends, I am posting this information that was sent to me in an email a couple weeks ago... For some reason, God is laying it on my heart this morning to pray more for this situation...so I am also passing it on to you... This email comes from Bill Clemmer, ABC/USA missionary to the congo: For more info on this missionary, click here Dear WVBC Family, Please make the following information a matter of prayer. You should be able to see related information on the IM Website, along with suggestions for channeling funds. This was received from Dr. Bill Clemmer in Democratic Republic of Congo, on 9/5/07, related to a recent outbreak of disease in that country: The death count from this disease is now over 110 (four died this morning) including all 20 people who attended the funeral of a village chief and 2 nurses who cared for dying patients. The symptoms are similar to Ebola (fever, headache, pain) but the lethality rate is around 40-50% (110 deaths of an approximate 200 cases) as opposed to Ebola’s 80-90% range death rate. It is also targeting young children, which is atypical for Ebola. Though we don’t know what the disease is, 110 deaths in three districts has gotten our attention; (two of these foci by the way are in IMA/ABC supported health institutions). We had a meeting with the Health Minister last night and agreed to send a team in Wednesday morning to join another team from WHO which is doing preliminary testing including biopsies and blood samples from those deceased. We will be going in via MAF to the epicenter (around 1200 km towards the interior of the country) with a team that will include me, an epidemiologist from our health group, and the DRC Health Ministry. If we don’t have a fourth person, our son Joel is willing to come and take pictures for documentation and help with logistics, packing, distribution of material etc. I have cleared my schedule this morning and will go into town to buy necessary material: gloves, masks, burial bags, buckets, soap and bleach …..lessons learned from the Kikwit/Vanga epidemic in 1995. Even if we don’t have the answers; He does….so we follow in faith. I’ll send a note when we return Bill. [FONT='Arial','sans-serif'][/font] Received 9/7/07: Back safely…but many unanswered questions. I spoke to CDC this morning…..they are thinking Anthrax (which is not what I wanted to hear after spending time in the thick of it). I still think it more closely resembles a hemorrhagic fever or possible severe shigellosis. We’ll know more after CDC analyzes the samples (they arrived in Atlanta this morning). I’m thankful we were able to get in and bring in needed supplies…..160 deaths as of yesterday….kind of unsettling. I’ll let you know when we hear. Bill It turned out to be Ebola... So Thank you for your prayers ahead of time.