Democratic Republic of Congo declares new Ebola outbreak

News:Democratic Republic of Congo has declared a new Ebola epidemic in the western city of Mbandaka. Facts: Ebola virus disease(EVD) formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever is a severe often fatal illness in humans. Origin: Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.… Continue reading Democratic Republic of Congo declares new Ebola outbreak

Ebola vaccine tested during epidemic saves lives in Congo

The World Health Organization(WHO) has suggested that Merck’s vaccine (VSV-EBOV) used during the current outbreaks in Congo was 97.5% efficacious in preventing Ebola infection. Recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus–Zaire Ebola virus (VSV-EBOV) is an experimental vaccine for protection against Ebola virus disease. When VSV-EBOV is injected,the vaccinated individuals generates antibodies against EBOV protein,thereby gaining immunity. The… Continue reading Ebola vaccine tested during epidemic saves lives in Congo

WHO declares ebola outbreak in Congo a global health emergency

The World Health Organization(WHO) has declared the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo a public health emergency of international concern. Public health emergency is defined as an extraordinary event that is determined to constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease and it requires a coordinated international… Continue reading WHO declares ebola outbreak in Congo a global health emergency