Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

James Marshall
May 23, 2018

Hundreds of people have been in contact with infected people and are being monitored, and they are candidates for the first round of an experimental vaccination campaign that began this week. Under Article 6 (f) relating to its mandate with regard to humanitarian action and disaster management the Council can authorise deployment of military and civilian missions and assets to tackle emergency situations as it did in August 2014 in the Ebola outbreak in the West Africa sub-region.

The vaccine, provided by USA company Merck, is still in the test stages, but it was effective toward the end of the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,300 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia from 2014 to 2016. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and at times internal and external bleeding.

While burning bodies was the most efficient way to kill disease, this outraged Liberians, who viewed it as desecration and then hid and buried the bodies in secret.

"I am proud of the way the whole organisation has responded to this outbreak, at headquarters, the regional office and the country office", he said. So the volunteers, Red Cross volunteers, who conduct this work have to be protected.

As the outbreak largely came under control at the end of 2015 in Guinea, CDC researchers found that public education and knowledge surrounding Ebola reached about 92 percent of the population.

Early diagnosis and treatment is the best solution for patients who have contracted the Ebola virus. We also discovered that the Ebola outbreak is limited to a particular place and it has not escalated.

Ebola, however, does in many cases remain longer in semen, and therefore can be transmitted through sexual contact for some months after recovery.

The U.S. government has added $7 million to the initial $1 million it previously committed to fighting the virus in Congo, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said on Tuesday.

Nigerian airport security officials told the national newspaper This Day that fears of the virus spreading to that country were founded upon the fact that Nigerians, residents of the continent's largest economy, were "among the most travelled indigenous people on the continent" and could easily bring the disease into the country if unchecked. "However, we developed a dialogue system with rules and regulations that made sense to the people, and they listened". "Unfortunately, the health minister of DRC can not be with us today, but I hope he will be able to join us tomorrow", Ghebreyesus said at the assembly, a forum governed by the World Health Organisation's 194 member states.

When schools re-opened they worked to provide hand washing stations and checked in with students that they understood the importance and steps necessary to prevent the spread of disease.

These funds would be separate from the $252 million in unused funds remaining from USA reaction to the 2014 Ebola epidemic that the administration wants Congress to cut.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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