Medics Prepare to Battle New Ebola Outbreak on Congo's Eastern Border

Tuesday August 7 2018     Ebola Health ministry issues alert

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the "deterioration of the security situation" in affected area was expected to hinder the response to the outbreak.

Following the declaration of an outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), a haemorrhagic fever in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the health ministry in Uganda has asked health workers to intensify their surveillance against the deadly disease.

The agency said there were 43 cases of the disease, 13 confirmed and 30 probable, in North Kivu province. There were three new cases confirmed and four new deaths, as of Monday, it said.

"Twelve teams of vaccinators will be deployed in different affected areas", the ministry said, adding that teams had arrived in Beni.

In the DRC's last outbreak in western Equateur province, there were also "massive logistical constraints", says Mr Jašarević.

The experimental new vaccine, developed by pharmaceutical company Merck, was deemed successful in its first wide-scale test against a separate recent Ebola outbreak in the country's northwest, Reuters reports.

The vaccine normally needs to be kept at 80 degrees Celsius below freezing (minus 112 Fahrenheit), although it can be stored for a couple of weeks at just above freezing.

But workers were still able to travel hundreds of miles by motorbike to trace people who had come into contact with the virus, a vital part of its containment.

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