World Health Organization deploys vaccines, emergency teams to control Ebola outbreak

WHO gets approval to use Ebola vaccine in DRC

From 4 April through 13 May 2018, a total of 39 Ebola virus disease cases have been reported, including 19 deaths (case fatality rate = 49%) and three health care workers.

Congo has requested that the World Health Organization (WHO) send 4,000 doses of the vaccine and they are expected to arrive by the end of the week.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is to receive 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccine secured by the World Health Organization as the it prepares to deploy them.

The UN agency is working with the country's Ministry of Health and worldwide nongovernmental organization M-decins Sans Fronti-res to conduct ring vaccinations across the affected region, where contacts of those infected, followed by contacts of those contacts, would all be vaccinated. At least 18 of those people have died.

In Congo, vaccines will also be administered to local and global health care workers and front-line workers in both affected areas as well as the regions expected to be at risk should the outbreak continue to spread.

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"This is an experimental vaccine, not a licensed product, and there are a lot of complications", including ensuring it is stored at the correct temperature, Salama said.

The virus is endemic to the Democratic Republic of Congo, but it has since spread to other countries in Africa. Contact tracing efforts are already underway. Since the first recorded outbreaks in the 1970s, most have been both vicious and short-lived, with the very remoteness of the landscape and the means of viral transmission (through direct contact with the body fluids of infected patients) providing a kind of natural buffer.

Dr Tedros met with the President of DR Congo, Mr Joseph Kabila and the Minister of Health Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga to review the steps taken so far and agree the way forward.

"We are very concerned and planning for all scenarios, including the worst-case scenario", Peter Salama, WHO's deputy director-general of emergency preparedness and response, said at a United Nations briefing in Geneva Friday, according to Reuters. At this stage, it can also only be used in the context of a clinical trial-plans for which are already in the works. While that epidemic started with an Ebola outbreak in a small border village in Guinea, the latest outbreak in the DRC similarly started near the national border, in the market town of Bikoro that is accessible by major rivers. Here are some of the most recent epidemics.

Republished with permission from STAT.

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