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Ivory Coast begins vaccination against Ebola

– – Ivory Coast has begun an Ebola vaccination programme following the confirmation of its first case since 1994. The country’s health ministry said the family of the infected teenager and health workers involved were the first to be given the jab. Health official Serge Ehole said that they planned to have vaccinated by Wednesday “all the 2,000 people that we consider exposed from the community, and also people from the health system and security”. The infected teenager tested positive on Saturday after arriving in the commercial hub, Abidjan, on…

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DR Congo declares end of 12th Ebola outbreak

– – Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday announced an end to the latest outbreak of Ebola in that country. It was the country’s 12 outbreak in its history with six people dying as a result of the outbreak three months ago. Three months ago there was a resurgence of the disease in North Kivu in the country’s eastern region. The UN’s children’s agency Unicef said in a statement that a quick response by the authorities and partners had helped contain the outbreak. The 12th outbreak…

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West African countries on high alert over Ebola outbreak

– – Countries in West Africa have been placed on high alert to quell an outbreak of Ebola. It follows a warning from the World Health Organization over Ebola infections in Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo. Guinea declared an outbreak of the virus on Sunday in the first return of the disease there since the 2013-2016 outbreak, while Congo has confirmed four new cases. Guinea has so far recorded up to 10 suspected cases of Ebola and five deaths. Since declaring the outbreak. The country has also identified 115 contacts of…

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DR Congo declares end to recent Ebola outbreak

– – The Democratic Republic of Congo has again declared an end to the recent Ebola outbreak that claimed 55 lives. The country is free from the deadly disease after more than 40 days without a case. DR Congo’s health minister said “Congratulations to the government, health workers, responders & communities for this achievement while battling Covid-19.” The 11th #Ebola outbreak in #DRC?? has officially been declared over by DRC health minister @LongondoEteni! Congratulations to the government, health workers, responders & communities for this achievement while battling #COVID19!? End of…

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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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