Ebola fears:Frontline workers vaccinated in Uganda

Horsemen of the Apocalypse War and Ebola in Eastern Congo

In 2015, the vaccine was given to more than 16,000 volunteers involved in several studies in Africa, Europe and the United States where it was found to be safe and protective against the Ebola virus.

This could have been avoided if the vaccine had been available then.

"The public health risk of cross border transmission of Ebola to Uganda [from DRC] was assessed to be very high at the national level", said Jane Aceng, Uganda's health minister.

Uganda shares a border with Congo, and both nations experience a robust movement of people between them as a result of trade and the region's high population. It's a war zone, with militant groups battling the government for control of various regions.

The UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said on Wednesday the UN "will do our best to contain the Ebola outbreak" despite armed groups threatening security.

"Some communities are losing hope and feeling exhausted after several years of violence".

Since the latest outbreak started in August, there have been 305 reported cases of Ebola in Congo's Ituri and North Kivu provinces, according to the WHO.

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) said there is not enough valid research to risk the health of pregnant women nor their future child with the investigational vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV. The current Ebola outbreak is going on its fourth month, totaling 300 cases and 186 deaths as of November 4.

This precaution is being taken because the health care officials are anxious that the infection would spread into the country from the borders shared with Democratic Republic of Congo.

A UNICEF staff member discusses the best way to protect yourself against Ebola in a September 12, 2018 conversation with young people living in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, after a recent Ebola outbreak.

Uganda has for the first time imitated a vaccination drive against Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF) as a preventive measure against the disease that has for the past months ravaged neighbours, DR Congo. It spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids or objects contaminated by someone ill with the disease.

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

The virus enters the body through broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose or mouth.



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