Congo receives first doses of Ebola vaccine amid outbreak

19 dead, 39 infected in Congo Ebola outbreak: WHO

Congo's health minister on Thursday announced the first death since the outbreak was declared early this week, though the hemorrhagic fever blamed for the death has not been confirmed as Ebola. Isaac Adewole, to ensure alertness to combat whatever cases that might arise and get Ebola vaccines ready for any emergency situation.

"While we plead with the health workers to be open to ways to solve the problem, we charge Nigerians to support one another and adhere to all health etiquettes to forestall an outbreak of epidemic and health crisis". It also urged the Minister of Interior, Lt. -Gen.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reported 39 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of Ebola between April 4 and May 13, including 19 deaths, the World Health Organisation said yesterday.

The Senate on Tuesday adopted various resolutions to prevent an outbreak of ebola virus in Nigeria. And we know that health care workers can really be an amplification factor for these kinds of outbreaks.

In our experience, for each confirmed case of Ebola there are about 100-150 contacts and contacts of contacts eligible for vaccination.

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While the risk of the latest outbreak spreading into other countries is low, nine nearby countries have been put on high alert, Salama said.

During his visit to Kinshasa last Saturday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization, met with the President of the DRC, Jospeh Kabila who officially authorized the use of this vaccine against the Ebola virus in his country. The Senate is further reminded that the DRC is 435 kilometres by air from Abuja and is easily accessible via a flight from Lagos that takes less than three hours.

The WHO has a stockpile of 4,300 doses of the vaccine in Geneva; the company also has 300,000 doses of the vaccine stockpiled in the United States.

"The Ebola vaccine is an additional tool in our response to the outbreak". "The Senate is further anxious that if we do nothing, given our population, we may well be on our way to creating a global situation".

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