Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Ebola outbreak: World Health Organization gets approval to use experimental vaccine in DRC

Ebola outbreak: World Health Organization gets approval to use experimental vaccine in DRC

The latest outbreak is occuring in Bikoro health zone, about 250 km from Mbandaka, capital of Equateur Province. Five samples were collected from five patients and two have been confirmed by the laboratory.

"This will be tough and it will be costly".

Furthermore, fruit bats are considered to be the main host of the disease, some analysts say, but it is also introduced into humans through close contact with the blood, organs or other bodily fluids of other infected animals, such as gorillas, antelope and porcupines.

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This is Democratic Republic of Congo's ninth outbreak of Ebola since the discovery of the virus in the country in 1976.

EVD, formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. It was tested in Guinea in 2015 during an Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,300 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

WHO said that the Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is coordinating the response, and WHO is working with the agency.

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The WHO said it has obtained 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccine and is preparing for deployment in the DRC, its Africa director said on Sunday.

"However, any country facing such a threat may require worldwide assistance". This is an area where people connect, trade and travel - an environment ripe for spreading disease, the BBC reported. Its early flu-like symptoms are not always easy to detect. Being aware of Ebola disease, including its symptoms, risk factors and control practices, can help prevent or reduce the chance of catching the infection.

When an outbreak is detected, World Health Organization responds by supporting surveillance, community engagement, case management, laboratory services, contact tracing, infection control, logistical support and training and assistance with safe burial practices.

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