Saturday, 24 August, 2019

12 killed in rebel attacks in Congo's Ebola outbreak region

The ADF a group that arose in western Uganda Ebola Plan ‘being updated’ Article by Barbados Today Published on July 23, 2019
Anna Jefferson | 24 July, 2019, 08:27

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has activated its national Ebola Virus Disease Response Plan in response to the declaration of the Ebola Virus Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has killed more than 1,700 people and infected more than 800 others.

In his resignation letter, the minister criticised pressure by unnamed "actors" to deploy the second vaccine, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and backed by the WHO.

At least two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have responded to a warning by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that regional countries should seek to enhance disease surveillance at ports of entry and at health facilities following the categorisation of the current outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) as a public health emergency.

Health Minister Oly Ilunga, left, and Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum, director of the National Institute for Biomedical Research, in a live broadcast on the United Nations radio station Radio Okapi in Beni, North Kivu in 2018.

More than 1,600 people have died since last August in the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which is unfolding in a region that has been described as a health war zone.

Villagers, firefighters battle huge blazes in central Portugal
Hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to central Portugal where several wildfires have forced people to flee their homes. More than 1000 firefighters were deployed, AFP reported, and at least one village was evacuated as the huge fires spread.

Seahawks' Jarran Reed suspended 6 games over alleged 2017 domestic violence incident
Reed will be able to participate in the Bills' training-camp practices and preseason games before the suspension starts. With almost a quarter of that production coming from Reed, his absence for the first six games is a big hit.

Bahamian low pressure becomes tropical depression Monday afternoon
The front might steer the system, which is moving through the northern Bahamas parallel to the Florida coast, out to sea. Two to three inches of rain is also in the forecast, leading to some localized flooding, Pfaff said in the briefing.

Though the disease has yet to spread beyond the DRC, its risk of doing so is high, especially as cases have begun to crop up in Goma, near the border with Rwanda. The town sits on the Rwandan border.

The declaration was made by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on July 17, 2019. A PHEIC is defined in the IHR (2005) as, "an extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk to other States through the global spread of disease and to potentially require a coordinated worldwide response". Tamfum was part of the team that investigated the first known Ebola outbreak in 1976.

"National authorities should work with airlines, airports and other transport and tourism industries to encourage communication and collaboration, and to ensure that the measures adopted are in line with World Health Organization guidance for travel and transport during outbreaks", the joint statement read. "Extraordinary work has been done for nearly a year under the most hard circumstances". 'The PHEIC should not be used to stigmatize or penalize the very people who are most in need of our help'.

The vaccine was developed during the epidemic in West Africa and has been available throughout the latest outbreak.

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