Rwanda strives to stop Ebola from spreading from DR Congo

Henrietta Strickland
August 7, 2019

It's been about a year since the latest Ebola outbreak started in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to a statement issued at the end of the meeting, people traveling across the border for non-essential reasons such as attending workshops and religious crusades will need clearance from both governments.

Because the newest outbreak was found within the Democratic Republic of the Congo a yr in the past, the illness has killed at the least 1,800 folks.

In June, three people who crossed on an unguarded footpath into Uganda died there before their family members were taken back to Congo for treatment.

Rwanda, which also neighbours Congo and Uganda, is on high alert after the disease spread to the Congolese town of Goma, a bustling trading hub near their border.

Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker reports from the Rwandan border city of Gisenyi.

The Merck shot, known as VSV EBOV, is now being used in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo, which was last month declared an global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). His wife and daughter then tested positive for the disease.

Francine Mulangala, who goes door-to-door informing people about Ebola in the Goma neighborhood where the gold miner lived, said she was also threatened last Friday by more than a dozen people demanding to see his body.

WHO's declaration of an emergency has brought a surge of millions of dollars in new pledges by global donors, but some health workers say a new approach is needed to effectively combat misunderstandings in a part of eastern Congo that has never before experienced Ebola. Ebola, which is unfolded by close contact with infected bodily fluids, causes hemorrhagic fever, vomiting, and severe diarrhea, usually followed by organ failure and bleeding.

Through the trial of the vaccine, manufactured by a Belgian company, we will try to assess 'its safety and ability to provoke an immune response with the aim of fighting the virus, ' Kalebu specified.

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