Ebola Outbreak: WHO Prepares For Worst Case Scenario In Congo
The WHO is preparing for the worst case scenario in an Ebola outbreak in a remote area of Congo, including spread to a major town.
WHO Deputy Director-General of Emergency Preparedness and Response Peter Salama on Friday told a regular UN briefing in Geneva that he hoped the Democratic Republic of Congo would give the green light within days for the deployment of an experimental vaccine, but warned that the drug was complicated to use and was not a magic bullet.
He said the WHO had alerted the nine neighbouring countries but currently regarded the risk of regional spread as “moderate”.
NAN reports that on May 30, 2017, the regulatory and ethics-review boards in the DRC approved the use of an experimental Ebola vaccine to combat.
The vaccines is called “rVSV-ZEBOV”.
NAN reports that the WHO said 17 people have died since inhabitants of a village in the country’s northwest began showing symptoms resembling Ebola in December,
This is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the disease made its first known appearance – near the vast central African country’s northern Ebola river – in the 1970s.