In Congo from Ebola died more than 1.5 thousand people

Henrietta Brewer
July 27, 2019

Ebola is sweeping through central Africa with the current outbreak becoming the second worst in history. But an experimental vaccine that is thought to be nearly 100 percent effective is being refused by people who don't trust it.

The Central African Republic is "not prepared" for a possible wave of the deadly Ebola virus from neighbouring DR Congo where an epidemic has claimed more than 1,700 lives, Health Minister Pierre Somse said Thursday.

Screening for Ebola symptoms at points of entry has been ongoing since the beginning of the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and has been reinforced since the confirmation of a case in the Congolese city of Goma.

In the provincial capital city of Goma, which reported its first case earlier this month, no new cases have been reported, and intensive follow-up of contacts will continue until the 21-day monitoring period ends, the World Health Organization said. About 3000 health workers in high-risk areas have been vaccinated as a preventative measure, including more than 1100 in Gisenyi.

Uganda had three Ebola deaths in June, and if it were not for the recent scare, it would now be declared Ebola-free, having achieved 42 days with no new cases.

"Do we have any indications at the moment of Ebola transmitting in Uganda? No".

Elsewhere, other countries in the outbreak region continue to prepare for the arrival of the virus.

An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is being recognized by the The World Health Organization as a "public health emergency of global concern". While no cases of Ebola have been reported in the vehicle so far, "economic and human exchanges" on the border between the two countries "are very intense", Mr Somse told a news conference.

Tens of thousands of people cross the border from Goma to the Rwandan city of Gisenyi each day.

Elsewhere, Ebola vaccination began yesterday in Burundi, which borders Rwanda and the DRC, with $500,000 in support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the group's CEO, Seth Berkley, MD, said on Twitter yesterday.

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