First doses of experimental Ebola vaccine arrive in DR Congo

A scanning electron micrograph of Ebola virus budding from a cell. Credit NIAID

A scanning electron micrograph of Ebola virus budding from a cell. Credit NIAID

World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said the vaccine will be reserved for people suspected of coming into contact with the disease, and that a second batch of 4,000 doses would be sent in the coming days.

The ministry hopes to launch a targeted vaccination campaign by the weekend, Ilunga said, which will initially focus on individuals, including health workers, who have been in contact with the two confirmed cases.

Moving the motion on the floor of the senate on Tuesday, Tinubu cited a report that of the World Health Organisation (WHO) which said "Nigeria and other African countries are at modest risk of spread".

While for many of us Ebola seems like a distant memory, there are still many persons who suffer from it.

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The Chief Whip, Senator Sola Adeyeye, however, pointed out that the disease, if spread to Nigeria, might have a devastating effect as workers in the country's public health institutions were on strike. "The remaining 12 cases are suspected..." It was tested in West - Africa in 2015 during an Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,300 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. In Congo, an Ebola outbreak is decimating people.

Ethiopia has established a high level national taskforce to prevent Ebola virus that has occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"The senate is be reminded that the tide was stemmed by quick response of the Nigerian government vid declaration of emergency, collaboration of federal and states ministries of health, use of incidence management approach, identification and follow up contacts". In his contribution, Victor Umeh (APGA, Anambra Central), said alarm raised by Tinubu on Ebola via the motion was timely "because prevention is better than cure as Ebola dealt a awful blow on the country in recent past, with the loss of medical personnel and some other people".

"The latest numbers until May 13, 2018 are: 42 cases, including two confirmed; 21 probable and 19 suspected". The Bikoro health zone is about 150 kilometers - 93 miles - from Mbandaka and 45 kilometers from Ikoko Impenge, where suspected cases have been reported.

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