Uganda vaccinates front-line health operatives against Ebola

Doctors remove the corpse of an Ebola victim on 22 August 2018 à Mangina eastern DRC.                  AFP  John Wessels

Doctors remove the corpse of an Ebola victim on 22 August 2018 à Mangina eastern DRC. AFP John Wessels

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, worldwide public health experts should consider the possibility it can't be brought under control, according to The Washington Post.

186 total deaths have been reported.

A total of 2,100 doses of the "rVSV-Ebola" vaccine will be administered to the health workers to protect them against the type of Ebola virus strain that is now circulating in some parts of DRC.

Contact tracing is still of concern due to insecurity and persistent community resistance. The group has killed more than 1,000 people in Beni and the surrounding region since October 2014. An outbreak in the western part of the country was declared over in July, after infecting 53 people and killing 33.Just days later, the current outbreak was discovered across the vast Central African nation, in a region that has been at the heart of multiple conflicts.Maggie FoxMaggie Fox is senior writer for NBC News and TODAY, writing top news and analysis on health policy, science, medical treatments and disease.

The World Health Organization and Ugandan Health Ministry are inoculating at least 2,100 workers, the ministry announced.

If that happens, it would be the first time since the deadly viral disease was first identified in 1976 that an Ebola outbreak leads to persistent presence of disease.

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Their findings were presented at the 2018 National Cancer Research Institute ( NCRI ) conference in Glasgow. The study used a genetic method known as Mendelian randomization.

Officials fear the epidemic will spread from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo and are implementing the plan so healthcare workers don't catch the virus and spread it.

In DRC till date, this season, around 300 cases of Ebola have been suspected with 265 confirmed cases of the disease.

In mid-October, the World Health Organization said it was "deeply concerned" by the outbreak, but the situation did not yet warrant being declared a global emergency.

If that happens, health-care responders may need to consider vaccinating broader populations instead of the current strategy of vaccinating people who have been in contact with infected people. This approach worked to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s.Despite vaccination efforts, Ebola is still spreading in eastern Congo.

The spread of Ebola in the DRC is worsened by an ongoing civil war between militant groups and government forces. The worst outbreak was in Uganda in 2000 and 2001, when 574 people were infected and 261 died.

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