Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Experimental Ebola vaccine to be used in Congo's outbreak, World Health Organization head says

UPDATE 1-Congo, UN deploy specialists to tackle Ebola epidemic Why Ebola keeps striking back in DR Congo?
Marlene Weaver | 14 May, 2018, 22:39

The DRC government declared a new outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in Bikoro on May 8. The 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa involved major urban areas as well as rural ones.

The signs and symptoms of Ebola diseases include fever, severe headache, joint and muscle pain, diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain.

Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals, such as chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead in the rainforest. In some cases, the person may bleed internally, and may also bleed from the ears, eyes, nose or mouth.

WHO's Africa director, Matshidiso Moeti, told Reuters on Sunday: "We're working on the deployment of these materials, especially readying the cold chain".

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. Information about the outbreak in Bikoro, Iboko, and Wangata health zones in Equateur province was still limited, WHO added in the statement.

More Illnesses Reported From Rose Acre Farms Recall
DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, each pleaded guilty to one count of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. In 1990, three separate outbreaks that sickened about 450 people in three states were traced back to Rose Acre Farms.

"However, any country facing such a threat may require global assistance".

The vaccine was developed by the Canadian government and is now licensed to the US -based Merck. Early supportive care with rehydration and treatment of specific symptoms can improve survival.

Ebola is one of the world's most notorious diseases, being both highly infectious and extremely lethal.

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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