Ebola outbreak in DRC: What is being done?

Ebola outbreak in DRC: What is being done?

Ebola outbreak in DRC: What is being done?

The new vaccine would mean that when a new Ebola case is diagnosed, all people who might have been in recent contact with them are traced and vaccinated to try and prevent the disease's spread, according to Reuters. The organization deployed 50 health officers over the weekend to assist the DRC in outbreak measures.

WHO is working with the Ministry of Health and MSF to conduct ring vaccination using the investigational recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus-Zaire Ebola virus (rVSV-ZEBOV). "And we are taking it very seriously because it is close to Mbandaka, a city of 1 million people", Fall said, adding that there are two suspected cases in Mbandaka, and the patients are being held in isolation.

East African states bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had issued an alert warning resident, travelers and visitors calling to the region to take serious precaution over the outbreak of the deadly and infectious Ebola virus recently reported in Bikoro, Equateur Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The outbreak has been localized to three health areas, namely Bikoro (29 cases), Iboko (8 cases) and Wangata (2 cases). The 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa involved major urban areas as well as rural ones. But the vaccine is still experimental as it does not have a licence. "We have three health care workers infected and one already died".

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World Health Organization has released $1 million USA dollars from the contingency fund for emergencies, the United Nations has released $2 million U.S. dollars from the Central Emergency Response Funds, and the Welcome Trust has provided 2 million pounds sterling for critical research needs.

The WHO director-general and Dr. Peter Salama, his deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response, flew to the DRC on Friday for meetings with government officials.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, has arrived Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), to assess the needs of Ebola response first-hand. "It's a highly complex operation in one of the most hard terrains in the world". Mobile laboratories have been sent to Mbandaka and Bikoro. The virus spreads through bodily fluids, including vomit and blood. On May 13, the WHO delivered two shipments from Geneva and Dubai with more than 30 tonnes of equipment, including Personal Protective Equipment kits, Interagency Emergency Health Kits, boxes for transportation, and body bags.

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