Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: The vaccination campaign begins

Today, Monday, a vaccination campaign against the re-emergence of Ebola hemorrhagic fever was launched in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with four cases diagnosed, including two fatal cases, according to the World Health Organization.

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“Today, February 15, 2021, the authorities launched an Ebola vaccination campaign in # Butembo, just one week after the virus reappeared,” said the WHO office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

According to the United Nations agency, “health workers at Matanda Hospital, where the first positive case was treated, were the first to be vaccinated.”

On February 7, the Minister of Health announced the re-emergence of the Ebola virus in Benei Health Zone, in North Kivu Province (East). Since then, four cases of women have been recorded, including two deaths.

The WHO office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo said on Twitter that the fourth case that was diagnosed was a “health worker (nurse) working at # Matanda Hospital in Katwa Health District and living in the health district. Next to #Musienene.”

In Biene, four people have already been vaccinated, and more than 334 contacts have been identified and scheduled to be vaccinated, he explained.

The emergence of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo came three months after the end of the previous epidemic, and it is the eleventh epidemic in the territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the disease first appeared in 1976.

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On November 18, 2020, the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared the official end of the Ebola epidemic in Equator (northwest), which caused 55 deaths out of 130 recorded cases.

The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans from infected animals. It is transmitted through bodily fluids, with the main symptoms being fever, vomiting, bleeding and diarrhea.

Like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, West Africa is once again facing the Ebola epidemic, with seven cases, including three deaths, recorded on Sunday in southeast Guinea, where the worst epidemic in the history of the virus has already started (2013-2016).

This epidemic killed more than 11,300 between 2013 and 2016, mainly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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