Uganda vaccinates front-line health operatives against Ebola

An electron micrograph scan shows the Ebola virus emerging from an infected cell

NIAID NIHAn electron micrograph scan shows the Ebola virus emerging from an infected cell

According to the World Health Organization, no less than 2,100 doses of experimental rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine are now available in the east African country, while supplementary doses have been requested. "Not because of the unequipped terrain and unpaved dirt roads but because these villages act as front lines between the different armed groups", Dr. Eric Mukuma, a health zone coordinator for the aid group CARE, wrote in an editorial in the Guardian newspaper.Some patients have also fled treatment centers, carrying the virus with them.

Robert Redfield, MD, director for the CDC, said November 5 that if the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak becomes more serious, global public health experts should consider the possibility it can't be brought under control, according to The Washington Post. Congo shares borders with nine nations, and the United Nations fears the Ebola epidemic could spread to South Sudan as well due to the influx of Congolese refugees.

At least 300 suspected cases have been reported in the DRC in the latest outbreak, with 265 confirmed.

In mid-October, the World Health Organization said it was "deeply concerned" by the outbreak, but the situation did not yet warrant being declared a global emergency.

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A total of 2100 doses of "rVSV-Ebola" vaccine are to be administered to the health workers to protect them against Zaire type virus, the strain that is now circulating in some parts of DRC.

Healthcare responders may consider vaccinating broader populations in place of the current vaccination strategy, which focuses on vaccinating people who have been exposed to Ebola patients. People who have been in contact with those persons are then also vaccinated. This approach worked to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s.Despite vaccination efforts, Ebola is still spreading in eastern Congo.

Dozens of armed militias operate in the area, attacking government outposts and civilians, complicating the work of Ebola response teams and putting their security at risk. The conflict threatens health workers trying to battle the virus."I can not access entire villages".

This preventive exercise has begun in the Ntoroko district which is located in central Africa. Uganda was affected before in 2000 and 2001 where the infection killed 261 and infected 574 individuals. More than 28,000 people were infected and 11,000 died in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea between 2014 and 2016.

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