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Sierra Leone: Dutch doctor dies from Lassa fever

A Dutch doctor has died after contracting Lassa fever during his stay in Sierra Leone. He was flown back to his home country but died in hospital, according to local media reporting. The doctor whose name was not disclosed was reportedly evacuated home this month after being infected in the northern town of Masanga. He showed symptoms of the viral haemorrhagic illness after operating on a pregnant woman. Sierra Leone’s Health Ministry said in a statement that the deceased doctor showed symptoms of Lassa fever after performing a Caesarean section.…

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DR Congo: Johnson & Johnson Ebola vaccine rolled out

The second model of an Ebola vaccine has now been introduced in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Johnson & Johnson manufactured vaccine has been introduced to compliment that of Merck. The Merck manufactured vaccine was introduced this year and administered to thousands of people. That vaccine has been administered to over 250,000 people since the start of the outbreak in August 2018. Health officials in the country say this latest move is to help combat the spread of the deadly virus in the country’s eastern provinces. Médecins Sans Frontières…

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DR Congo: Journalist killed over Ebola reportage

The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo has said that a Congolese journalist has been killed at his home over his reportage on the deadly Ebola virus. The unidentified attackers, according to the army raided Papy Mumbere Mahamba’s home in Lwebma, in the north-eastern province of Ituri, killing him. His wife was also wounded in the attack with his house set ablaze. The journalist is well known for his reporting on and the creating of awareness about the Ebola virus in DR Congo. According to local reporting, Mr Mahamba…

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European drugs regulators approve world’s first Ebola vaccine

The world’s first Ebola vaccine was approved by European drugs regulators on Friday in a move hailed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a “triumph for public health” that would save many lives. The vaccine, developed by U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co, is already being used under emergency guidelines to try to protect people against the spread of a deadly Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo. It is also being reviewed under a fast-track system by regulators in the United States. “This vaccine has already saved many lives…

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DR Congo: New Ebola vaccine to be used in November

A new and second model of an Ebola vaccine is to be introduced in the Democratic Republic of Congo in November this year. Health officials in the country say this is to help combat the spread of the deadly virus in the country’s eastern provinces. The Johnson & Johnson manufactured vaccine will now be introduced to compliment that of Merck. The Merck manufactured vaccine was introduced this year and administered to thousands of people. A government statement said a first batch of 500,000 doses of the J&J vaccine should arrive…

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W.H.O accused of ‘rationing Ebola vaccines’ in DR Congo

A medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières is accusing the World Health Organization (WHO) of rationing the Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The group said the global health body is not being transparent in its dealings when it comes to making vaccines accessible to people. Dr. Natalie Roberts, MSF emergency coordinator said in a statement that “Every day we see known contacts of confirmed Ebola patients who have not received their dose despite being eligible for vaccination.” “It’s like giving firefighters a bucket of water to put out…

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DR Congo: Ex-health minister arrested over Ebola funds

Former health minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been arrested by the Police for allegedly mismanaging funds allocated for the Ebola epidemic. Oly Ilunga has however denied any wrongdoing following his arrest. He resigned as health minister in July and criticized the World Health Organisation in his resignation letter. Dr Ilunga said the global health body’s plan to use an unlicensed vaccine against Ebola was inappropriate. Police have detained him based on information that he intended to evade legal proceedings and leave the country. Officials in DR Congo…

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DR Congo: Death toll from Ebola outbreak hits over 2,000

Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say the country’s year-long Ebola outbreak has led to the death of at least 2,000. According to government data published on Friday, the number of confirmed and probable cases has also hit a milestone of more than 3,000. The government data showed Ebola deaths reaching 2,006 and cases at 3,004. The current Ebola outbreak is the second-worst in history. In the DR Congo the current outbreak is the 10th Ebola to be recorded. The worst epidemic was recorded between 2013-2016 in West Africa.…

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Burundi begins Ebola vaccination for health officials

Burundi has started vaccinating its health workers against Ebola as it makes efforts to prevent the spread of the disease into its territory. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday that the vaccination is happening near Burundi’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Burundi has not reported of any Ebola cases but does not want to taken by surprise. The Health ministry in Burundi launched vaccination exercise at the Gatumba border crossing point on Tuesday. The Merck’s rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine is being used for this exercise. In a statement…

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Ebola vaccine trial begins in Uganda as virus spreads

A trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine has started in Uganda as efforts continue to prevent spread of the virus. Health officials in Uganda said the trial started on Monday to deal with a disease that has killed more than 1,800 people in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. The MVA-BN vaccine was developed by Johnson&Johnson and will last for two years, Uganda’s Medical Research Council (MRC) said. The MRC statement revealed that the vaccine will be administered to up to 800 health professionals and frontline workers. These workers will include…

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