Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

DR Congo approves use of experimental Ebola vaccine

DR Congo approves use of experimental Ebola vaccine

"That's our plan. And so far things are going as planned", Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, told Branswell on Sunday. "We already have three separate locations that are reporting cases", said the WHO's deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response, Peter Salama. People who received the vaccine did not get infected 10 or days more after receiving it, while there were 23 Ebola cases reported in the same time frame among individuals who did not receive the vaccine. Jasarevic stated that most cases of the disease were from Bikoro Health Zone and a smaller number from the neighboring Iboko Health Zone in Equateur province.

The WHO has acknowledged its bungled handling of the massive outbreak, saying it failed to recognize early that the West African countries that severely lacked health infrastructures were at imminent risk.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission, either through direct contact with bodily fluids such as blood or secretions or contact with materials that are contaminated with these liquids. On average, about 50% of people who become ill with Ebola die.

The signs and symptoms of Ebola diseases include fever, severe headache, joint and muscle pain, diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain. The outbreak in the Equateur Province of the DRC is the first to raise global alarm bells since the deadly crisis that left over 11,300 people dead in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea between 2014 and 2016. This is an area where people connect, trade and travel - an environment ripe for spreading disease, the BBC reported.

The first EVD outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests.

The vaccine was developed by the Canadian government and its production has been licensed to Merck in the U.S. Although it was designed and found to be highly effective for a different strain of the virus, it is still considered to be safe and effective.

Finally, News Agency of Nigeria reported that a passenger at Uganda's Entebbe International Airport is being held in isolation in an Entebbe hospital after showing some symptoms of Ebola virus disease.

World Health Organization says it has alerted countries surrounding DR Congo about the outbreak to enable them to take precautionary measures to prevent spread.

Only 2 cases have been confirmed by laboratory testing, and 25 are probable.

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