Medicine

Ebola Vaccine Land DR. Congo

Ebola Vaccine Land DR. Congo

African Union (AU) sent today a health team to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to monitor the situation and the country " s required level of support to stop Ebola outbreak. The spread of the deadly virus from the countryside and into a city that is home to about a million people pushes the current outbreak into a "new phase", essentially making the efforts to contain the outbreak far harder.

"We will intensify the monitoring and tracing of the population to all air, sea and road access routes".

WHO is deploying around 30 experts to conduct surveillance in the city and is working with the Ministry of Health and partners to engage with communities on prevention and treatment and the reporting of new cases.

It is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in Congo since the disease made its first-known appearance near its northern Ebola river in the 1970s.

Ebola is a serious infectious illness that causes internal bleeding and often proves fatal.

Before Wednesday's announcement, there had been only two cases of the virus confirmed by lab tests. Two brothers in Mbandaka who recently stayed in Bikoro for funerals are probable cases, with samples awaiting laboratory confirmation.

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At least 44 suspected cases have been registered since the beginning of the epidemic with 23 deaths including 1 confirmed Ebola death, according to the latest statistics from the Minister of Health.

Thousands of doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine arrived in Congo's capital this week, the health ministry said Wednesday.

More than 11,300 people were confirmed dead between March 2014 and January 2016 in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, the United States, and Mali.

Out of the 20 persons died in DRC, 3 are health workers, Director of the Center John Nkengasong said.

The vaccine requires storage at a temperature between -60 and -80 degrees C, tricky in a country with unreliable electricity.


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