First doses of experimental Ebola vaccine arrive in DR Congo

EBOLA OUTBREAK 19 deaths confirmed 39 suspected cases reported in DRC WHO says

A new experimental vaccine has been shown to be highly effective, though quantities are now limited.

A health worker is sprayed with chlorine after visiting the isolation ward at Bikoro hospital, which received a new suspected Ebola case, in Bikoro, Democratic Republic of Congo on May 12.

The lawmakers resolved to urge the Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), "to take necessary steps to check immigration".

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The Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has underlined efforts to mitigate the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

"The Senate is be reminded that the tide was stemmed by quick response of the Nigerian government vid declaration of emergency, collaboration of federal and states Ministries of Health, use of incidence management approach, identification and follow up contacts".

This is the 9th Ebola outbreak that the DRC is witnessing in four decades, after the first outbreak in 1976. And we know that health care workers can really be an amplification factor for these kinds of outbreaks. With varying symptoms ranging from fever to diarrhoea, there were a total of 869 contacts and 20 laboratory confirmed cases were recorded.

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Said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general WHO "The Ministry of Health of DRC with support from WHO, Gavi and other partners are preparing to conduct vaccination of high-risk populations in affected areas". The disease killed eight people in the country past year.

"The Senate is further reminded that DRC is 445 kilometres by air from Abuja, is easily accessible via a flight from Lagos that takes less than three hours".

Presenting her motion, Senator Tinubu recalled that an infected immigrant, Mr Patrick Sawyer, who arrived Nigeria on July 23, 2014, was notable for being the index case for the introduction of Ebola virus into Nigeria.

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The first batch of 4,000 doses of vaccine was already being flown to Kinshasa, and the World Health Organization plans to send a second batch of 4,000 doses in coming days, World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said.

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