Experimental vaccine approved for use 'against' Ebola virus in Congo
- Author: Marjorie Miles May 15, 2018,
May 15, 2018, 15:05
The main jobs are checking to see how many people are infected and where; whether there have been past cases that went unreported; making sure people know how to bury the dead safely; and testing and treating people with suspected infections. The organization deployed 50 health officers over the weekend to assist the DRC in outbreak measures.
The WHO statement noted that 393 people who have been in contact with Ebola sufferers are being followed up, but information on the outbreak is still limited.
Over the weekend, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported 7 more suspected cases of Ebola, raising the totals from April 4 through May 13 to 39 confirmed, suspected, and probable cases, including 19 deaths, for a case-fatality rate of 49%. Jasarevic stated that most cases of the disease were from Bikoro Health Zone and a smaller number from the neighboring Iboko Health Zone in Equateur province. The 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa involved major urban areas as well as rural ones. Three healthcare workers are reportedly also sickened with the disease.
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But it's still very worrisome, said Dr. Peter Salama, WHO's deputy director general for emergency preparedness and response.
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Transporting the vaccines to the affected area would be logistically challenging.
At least 18 people have died in connection to the Ebola virus in the western Democratic Republic of Congo. "It's a highly complex operation in one of the most hard terrains in the world".
The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission, either through direct contact with bodily fluids such as blood or secretions or contact with materials that are contaminated with these liquids.
"At present", the agency added, "this event does not meet the criteria of a public health event of global concern".
M-decins Sans Fronti-res has set up four five-bed mobile isolation units to increase the hospital bed capacity in Bikoro, which is now 15 beds.