Uganda's Ebola vaccination for high-risk health workers postponed to Wednesday

WHO Director Will Visit Congolese Areas Affected by Ebola

Uganda vaccinates at-risk health workers as Ebola spreads in Congo

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, will visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from November 5 to 9, where several regions suffer the appearance of Ebola.

"I do think this is one of the challenges we'll have to see, whether we're able to contain, control and end the current outbreak with the current security situation, or do we move into the idea that this becomes more of an endemic Ebola outbreak in this region, which we've never really confronted", Dr. Redfield told The Washington Post.

Uganda is vaccinating against the Ebola virus spreading in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the outbreak fueled by conflict has left at least 189 people dead.

A total of 2100 doses of "rVSV-Ebola" vaccine are to be administered to the health workers to protect them against Zaire type virus, the strain that is now circulating in some parts of DRC.

Health workers are usually among the first to be infected in an Ebola outbreak. It will be administered only to around 2000 first contact health care workers who are working near the borders of DRC in the north Kivu province says the WHO and would not be available for the general public.

Ebola first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and Congo, and gets its name from a river in the latter nation. The vaccine was given to more than 16,000 volunteers in Africa, Europe and the United States in 2015, and was found to be effective against the Ebola virus.

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Several studies have shown that the vaccine is safe and protective against the Ebola virus but more scientific research is needed before it can be licensed.

The vaccine is only used under "compassionate use" although it is not commercially licensed.

The minister explained that the vaccine is only available for frontline health workers who are at high risk of contracting EVD as they manage suspected cases. "This is targeted vaccination", Dr Aceng emphasized.

"On top of close contacts of Ebola victims, frontline health workers face a very high risk of infection of Ebola as they care for patients, " Woldemariam said.

The five districts prone to the disease include Ntoroko where the drive will start from on Wednesday, Kabarole, Bunyangabu, Kasese, and Buindibugyo. He assured them about its potency and ability to protect them effectively.

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