DR Congo Ebola outbreak reaches 300 cases

Leslie Hanson
November 7, 2018

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.

Ugandan officials say twice-weekly market days _ during which 10,000 Congolese cross into Uganda _ have put the country at high risk.

After entering the body, it kills cells, making some of them explode, it wrecks the immune system, causes heavy bleeding inside the body, and damages nearly every organ, though it is scary, but it's also rare.

The ongoing Uganda vaccinations targeting frontline health workers will be carried out in five districts along the border with Congo.


It will be the first time the vaccine is used in a country, not in the midst of an active Ebola outbreak.

"On top of close contacts of Ebola victims, frontline health workers face a very high risk of infection of Ebola as they care for patients, " Woldemariam said. Several studies have shown that the vaccine is safe and protects against the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said in a statement.

In Congo, where thousands of people have been given the experimental Ebola vaccine, a worrying number of vaccinated health workers have been infected.

"The virus has killed 186 people in the North Kivu and Ituri regions, while 88 others have been cured, " the ministry said on Monday.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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