World Health Organization hopes to use Ebola vaccine to stem Congo outbreak

  • World Health Organization hopes to use Ebola vaccine to stem Congo outbreak

World Health Organization hopes to use Ebola vaccine to stem Congo outbreak

The WHO was especially concerned about the possible spread to neighbouring Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic, which have connections to the affected area through the river systems.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola, officially known as Ebola virus disease, is a rare condition caused by an infection with one of five known Ebola virus species. This comes only three days after the outbreak was officially announced and a week after the first reported case.

If you travel to or are in an area affected by an Ebola outbreak, the CDC says to make sure to avoid endemic areas.

At least 17 people are feared to have died from the virus in the new outbreak. No deaths have been reported among those hospitalized or among health workers treating the ill. Despite it occurring outside an urban area, this particular outbreak may be harder to contain because it has already spread across 56 kilometres.

Ziemer, considered by some to be one of the most effective public-health officials the USA has had, was "basically pushed out", The Post reported, citing a person familiar with the reorganization. Around 50 per cent of patients die, according to the WHO.

Experimental vaccines and treatments for Ebola are under development, but they have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness. A new experimental vaccine has been shown to be highly effective against the virus, though quantities are now limited.

Ebola viruses probably spread in bats most of the time, but they do occasionally "jump" to other species such as deer, monkeys or humans.

The virus is passed human-to-human by contact through the mouth, nose, or broken skin with blood or other bodily fluids of those infected.

During the massive Ebola crisis that gripped west Africa from 2014 to 2016, researchers were told about a bat-filled roosting tree in Guinea they suspected may have been ground zero for that outbreak.

Reports say World Health Organization is moving quickly, having been criticised for bungling its response to a 2014-2016 outbreak that killed more than 11,300 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The worst-ever Ebola outbreak started in December 2013 in southern Guinea before spreading to two neighbouring west African countries, Liberia and Sierra Leone, killing more than 11,300 people out of almost 29,000 registered cases.

The White House said the funds were dormant and unnecessary given that the outbreak, which was far more severe and widespread than the current one, has been contained for years.