Congo approves use of experimental Ebola vaccine, World Health Organization says

EBOLA OUTBREAK 19 deaths confirmed 39 suspected cases reported in DRC WHO says

Information about the outbreak in Bikoro, Iboko and Wangata health zones in Equateur province is however still limited.

Moving the motion on the floor of the senate on Tuesday, Tinubu cited a report that of the World Health Organisation (WHO) which said "Nigeria and other African countries are at modest risk of spread".

Information about the outbreak in Bikoro, Iboko and Wangata in Equateur province was still limited, the WHO said, but at present the outbreak does not meet the criteria for declaring a "public health event of worldwide concern", which would trigger the formation of an emergency WHO committee.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday raised the travel warning level for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) after 39 suspected, probable or confirmed Ebola cases were reported there.

Ilunga, who disclosed that the introduction of Vaccination by the government was an option open to curtail the epidemic, added that all people with confirmed or suspected EVD would be moved to the Ebola treatment centres as soon as the facilities were ready.

"The senate is be reminded that the tide was stemmed by quick response of the Nigerian government vid declaration of emergency, collaboration of federal and states ministries of health, use of incidence management approach, identification and follow up contacts".

Punch reports that 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccine would be sent to DRC by World Health Organization in the nearest furture.

The Ebola vaccination campaign will first target health workers, Ilunga said.

"Furthermore, the ministry is working with health authorities in other urban centres near Mbandaka, including Kinshasa and Kisangani, to prepare contingency plans in these cities as well".

"Now our health agents monitor the temperature of all people travelling to and from Mbandaka by air, sea and land".

Gashumba revealed there is a constant screening system at Kigali International Airport to track the outbreak from people coming from overseas to make sure the disease does not spread in the country while more operations are intensively being done on the country's borders.

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