Friday, 18 January, 2019

Uganda starts Ebola vaccination for high-risk health workers

WHO Director Will Visit Congolese Areas Affected by Ebola Uganda vaccinates at-risk health workers as Ebola spreads in Congo
Gustavo Carr | 07 November, 2018, 19:22

Robert Redfield, MD, director for the CDC, said November 5 that if the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak becomes more serious, worldwide public health experts should consider the possibility it can't be brought under control, according to The Washington Post.

The inoculations, using an experimental vaccine, began on Wednesday and are part of a wider Ebola prevention plan in a country that has faced multiple Ebola outbreaks since 2000.

Twice-weekly market days - during which some 10,000 Congolese cross into Uganda - have put Uganda at high risk, according to local health officials. They say unofficial border crossings also are a cause for concern.

Besides militia attacks that have hindered health workers, the region's high population density and movements across the borders to Uganda and Rwanda pose additional risks that the highly lethal fever disease could spread in the region.

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It is expected that the World Health Organization delegation, also composed of the Deputy Secretary General of the UN Jean-Pierre Lacroix, will meet with the authorities in Kinshasa, the first to respond to the outbreak, and with the UN Office, its staff and its humanitarian partners.

The World Health Organization, CDC and other global health organizations say they are anxious about the current Ebola outbreak spreading to port cities like Butembo, which will only exacerbate infection transmission rates.

"The virus has killed 186 people in the North Kivu and Ituri regions, while 88 others have been cured, " the ministry said on Monday.

Ebola was first reported in Congo in 1976 and is named for the river where it was recognized.