Dead, 39 Sick in New Outbreak: Death Rate at 50 Percent

Dead, 39 Sick in New Outbreak: Death Rate at 50 Percent

Person-to-person infection can happen through being exposed to bodily fluids like saliva, or by contact with persons who have died from Ebola.

The WHO's Africa director said Sunday that the organization has 4,000 doses of V920 prepared "for deployment" in the DRC; Merck has an additional 300,000 doses available for use if needed.

The outbreak is now confined to the Bikoro, Iboko, and Wangata health zones, in Equateur province.

In the current outbreak, a total of 39 cases have been recorded, 29 of them in Bikoro, with a total of 19 deaths equaling a case fatality rate of 48.7 percent. Teams on the ground have identified more than 350 people who had contact with patients. Of the 34 suspected cases, two were confirmed, 18 have been classified as probable and 12 remains suspected cases. Health officials hope the vaccine, which was given to people in Guinea in West Africa during a trial in 2015, could be a game-changer in preventing Ebola from spreading, The Washington Post's Siobhán O'Grady wrote last week.

Three health professionals have already been infected with suspected Ebola, one of whom has died. The 393 close contacts now under surveillance for symptoms of Ebola would likely be the first recipients of the vaccine.

Anyone receiving the vaccine will then be checked three, 14, 21, 42, 63 and 84 days later. Fortunately, the DRC, which has had more Ebola outbreaks than any other country, has developed effective ways of controlling the virus. In addition, the United Nations granted $2 million and the Welcome Trust provided £2 million pounds ($2.71 million) for research needs.

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The WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, said based on the current assessment and response need, the estimated budget for the global response is $18 million (N6.4 billion) for a three-month operation.

Transporting the vaccines to the affected area would be logistically challenging. "This is a highly complex sophisticated operation in one of the most hard terrains on Earth", Salama said.

Finally, News Agency of Nigeria reported that a passenger at Uganda's Entebbe International Airport is being held in isolation in an Entebbe hospital after showing some symptoms of Ebola virus disease.

Akinwumi said there was no need to panic over the friendly match, adding: "We will not jeopardise the health of Nigerians".

Ebola Virus Disease according to the statement is a rare disease that can lead to death mostly affecting human and non-human primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. We probably won't know for sure what went wrong in this outbreak, but blame has been placed on the slow response of the worldwide community, the fragility of the region's health services, and the failure of public health campaigns to reach all people.

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