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DRC Ebola crisis poses worldwide threat

Dr. Christopher Tufton Minister of Health and Welness- file Dr. Christopher Tufton Minister of Health and Welness- file
Anna Jefferson | 26 July, 2019, 23:22

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.

His decision follows the declaration by the World Health Organization of the outbreak being a public health emergency of worldwide concern.

Last week, the (WHO) World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency.

The presence of an Islamist militant group, along with other violent militias and armed criminal bands, severely hampers efforts to contain the world's second-worst Ebola epidemic on record.

Before his resignation, the minister was stripped of his responsibility after President Félix Tshisekedi made a decision to replace him as the head of the Ebola response team.

Barbados is not waiting for a case of ebola locally to update its ebola plan, especially having recently granted visa waivers to 10 African countries.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not recognize any vaccine to protect people against Ebola, however an experimental vaccine known as rVSV-ZEBOV is now been used.

Over 2,500 cases of Ebola have been reported while more than 1,700 people have died from the disease since the outbreak began almost a year ago.

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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 status now given to EVD recognises that it constitutes a public health risk to other countries and therefore potentially requires a coordinated global response.

After the largest outbreak on August 1, 2018, a "public health emergency of worldwide concern" (PHEIC) was announced.

It also affected Nigeria when a passenger from Liberia "imported" the disease into the country.

Most of these are frontline health workers who come into direct contact with an Ebola patient, and people who come into contact with them.

"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.

As of July 19, 2019, over 164,000 individuals in Africa had been vaccinated with the Merck's v920 (rVSVΔG-ZEBOV-GP) Ebola vaccine.

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

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