Medicine

Congo receives first doses of Ebola vaccine amid outbreak

Congo receives first doses of Ebola vaccine amid outbreak

She said, "The Senate recalls with great distress that an infected immigrant who arrived Nigeria on the 23rd of July was the index case of the ebola virus in Nigeria".

The ministry hopes to launch a targeted vaccination campaign by the weekend, Ilunga said, which will initially focus on individuals, including health workers, who have been in contact with the two confirmed cases.

A total of 39 Ebola virus disease cases have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including 19 deaths from April 4 through May 13, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

It is "absolutely a dire scene in terms of infrastructure" as medical teams try to contain the outbreak in a region with poor water and sanitation, few paved roads and little electricity, he said.

A total of 250,000 USA dollars has been set aside for outbreak response activities by the Africa CDC, and member countries have been pledging support by contributing health workers. Nine other suspected cases were announced Thursday.

Key focus will be placed on the Democratic Republic of Congo's northwestern Equateur province, where dozens of others are suspected to have been infected.

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The experimental vaccine has been shown to be highly effective against Ebola.

The World Health Organization made a decision to step in and handle the situation.

"The Ebola vaccine is an additional tool in our response to the outbreak".

Over 11,000 people died from the deadly virus in 2014 when it hit West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. In his contribution, Victor Umeh (APGA, Anambra Central), said alarm raised by Tinubu on Ebola via the motion was timely "because prevention is better than cure as Ebola dealt a awful blow on the country in recent past, with the loss of medical personnel and some other people".

This is the ninth Ebola outbreak in Congo since 1976. There have also been eight cases and 115 contacts in Iboko health zone. Two brothers in Mbandaka who recently stayed in Bikoro for funerals are probable cases, with samples awaiting laboratory confirmation.


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