Confirmed Dead as Ebola makes a comeback

Frederick Owens
May 13, 2017

"We always take this very seriously".

WHO Congo representative Allarangar Yokouide said the three who died were among nine confirmed cases.

"The Likati health district is in a remote area, but contact tracing is essential to contain the epidemic in its focus; the DRC can rely on very experienced health workers for this goal", said WHO's DRC Representative, Yokouidé Allarangar.

Ebola is a viral illness whose initial symptoms may include a sudden fever, aching muscles and a sore throat, with subsequent symptoms including diarrhoea and vomiting and, on occasion, internal and external bleeding. But occasionally it infects humans who come contact with those animals' or fellow infected humans' bodily fluids, causing intermittent outbreaks. If can spread quickly among people if its not contained and 90 percent of cases are fatal. Instead, they said it should be given to those who have close contacts with Ebola patients, the contacts of those contacts, and the local and worldwide health workers who might be treating anyone infected with Ebola.

The WHO said specialist teams were headed for the area and hoped to arrive within 48 hours.

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An outbreak in West Africa in 2014 and 2015 killed more than 11,000 people. The person confirmed as having an Ebola infection has died.

The World Health Organisation declared Ebola was no longer an emergency in March 2016.

It is the first case in the country since 2014 and has raised alarms about the possibility of a new epidemic. "You can not take any risks and you should take all stops out to contain it".

The deployment of rVSV-SEBOV may be warranted in the DRC, because the vaccine is based on the Zaire strain of Ebola that is driving the current outbreak, says Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. But 23 cases occurred among those in a control group whose vaccination had been delayed. "We've shown that by working collaboratively, across worldwide borders and sectors, we can develop and test vaccines rapidly and use them to help bring epidemics to an end". The global vaccine alliance GAVI said 300,000 doses are available "if needed to stop this outbreak becoming a pandemic".

But some questions about the vaccine still remain.

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