Ebola: 300 People Infected In Eastern DR Congo

Maricruz Casares
Noviembre 7, 2018

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.

Anthony Mbonye, a professor of health sciences at Uganda's Makerere University, said the vaccinations are crucial to stemming transmission "in a highly endemic belt for hemorrhagic fevers".

"In previous [Ebola] outbreaks, Uganda lost health workers, including the renowned Dr Matthew Lukwiya, as they cared for patients", said Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, WHO's Uganda representative.

The death from Ebola of a young Ugandan physician in 2000, one of more than 200 people killed in that outbreak, sparked a national outpouring of grief and helped spread awareness of how Ebola is transmitted.

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The vaccination programme launches on Wednesday with support from the World Health Organization, targeting 2,000 frontline workers in districts close to DRC's North Kivu province, which is now experiencing an outbreak of the deadly virus.

DRC is facing its 10th Ebola outbreak, but this epidemic, which broke out in August, is the country's first in an area where fighting is ongoing. Several studies have shown that the vaccine is safe and protects against the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said in a statement. Since 2014, about 2,000 people have been killed in clashes between armed groups.

According to Congolese health authorities, the latest victims to be infected with the virus are a newborn baby and the mother.

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