Ebola vaccine developed by Canada okayed for Congo

Frederick Owens
May 15, 2018

From April 4 through May 13, 2018, a total of 39 cases have been reported, including three healthcare workers and 19 deaths. The idea is to vaccinate people who know someone who has been infected and the people who know those people, in an expanding "ring" around the infections. The organization deployed 50 health officers over the weekend to assist the DRC in outbreak measures.

At least 18 people have died in connection to the Ebola virus in the western Democratic Republic of Congo.

The World Health Organization said there have been 39 confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola over the past five weeks as the virus spreads across three rural areas covering almost 40 miles in the northwest part of the country. WHO experts say the outbreak has not yet met the criteria "of a public heath event of global concern", which would require an emergency WHO Committee meeting. Information about the outbreak in Bikoro, Iboko and Wangata health zones in Equateur province was still limited, the WHO said in a statement.

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The nation is prone to Ebola outbreaks due to its close proximity to the Congo River. A 2016 study found it to be 100% effective in trials in Guinea in coordination with the country's Ministry of Health after the 2014-15 outbreak. Three health care workers are among the cases and one has died. The 393 close contacts now under surveillance for symptoms of Ebola would likely be the first recipients of the vaccine.

"I just arrived in Kinshasa, DR Congo with the Regional Director for Africa, Dr Moeti Matshidiso and the WHO Deputy Director-General, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Dr Pete Salama". "It's a highly complex operation in one of the most hard terrains in the world". The virus is then passed between humans through blood or bodily fluids, like saliva, sweat, urine, semen, or breast milk.

Elsewhere in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Direct Relief is also supporting the efforts of Save the Children to respond to the needs of displaced people, and continues to be in dialogue with Congolese health authorities in terms of where best to meet health needs throughout the country. Bikoro hospital has sealed off a ward to diagnose suspected Ebola patients and provide treatment, according to UNICEF. The epicenter, a town called Bikoro, is hard to reach by vehicle because of poor roads between it and the regional capital, Mbandaka.

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