First batch of Ebola vaccines arrives in Congo to combat outbreak

A scanning electron micrograph of Ebola virus budding from a cell. Credit NIAID

A scanning electron micrograph of Ebola virus budding from a cell. Credit NIAID

Presenting her motion, Senator Tinubu recalled that an infected immigrant, Mr Patrick Sawyer, who arrived Nigeria on July 23, 2014, was notable for being the index case for the introduction of Ebola virus into Nigeria. Isaac Adewole, to ensure alertness to combat whatever cases that might arise and get Ebola vaccines ready for any emergency situation.

World Health Organization has reported 23 deaths among the 42 cases as medical teams try to contain the hemorrhagic fever.

"The Senate is be reminded that the tide was stemmed by quick response of the Nigerian government vid declaration of emergency, collaboration of federal and states Ministries of Health, use of incidence management approach, identification and follow up contacts".

All nine countries that neighbour DRC have been put of high alert over the possible spread of Ebola and global aid teams have flown in to help.

The vaccination programme would start on the weekend in the country's northwestern Equateur province, where dozens of others are suspected to have been infected, DCR's Health Ministry said.

A total of 250,000 USA dollars has been set aside for outbreak response activities by the Africa CDC, and member countries have been pledging support by contributing health workers. "Since the announcement of the alert in Mbandaka, our epidemiologists are working in the field to identify people who have been in contact with suspected cases".

"We are entering a new phase of the Ebola outbreak that is now affecting three health zones, including an urban health zone", Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga said in a statement. "Unless hospitals are prepared properly and equipped with Ebola vaccines, it would be an epidemic Nigeria might be unable to take on", she said.

The region of the outbreak is a cause for concern given its proximity to the Congo River and a national border, where masses of people trade and migrate. Two brothers in Mbandaka who recently stayed in Bikoro for funerals are probable cases, with samples awaiting laboratory confirmation. The Bikoro health zone is about 150 kilometers - 93 miles - from Mbandaka and 45 kilometers from Ikoko Impenge, where suspected cases have been reported.

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