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A family - the mother is Congolese, the father Ugandan - were traveling from the funeral of her father, who died of Ebola in DRC. The Health Ministry said in a statement that the three were in a group that crossed over to Uganda through the western border post at Bwera. Two of them died shortly afterwards. Bordering nations have been preparing for the disease's spread beyond the DRC's borders. However, many of them absconded from the treatment center. They and some other contacts have since been quarantined in their homes. There have been no mass gatherings, and information about the disease is being broadcast continuously.
South Sudan has also declared a state of alert and vaccinated health workers. Places at high risk because of high people mobility and proximity to the border are being monitored constantly for spot diagnosis and management of any cases.
Twenty-seven people are said to have been in contact with the infected family. "A dedicated person focused on this aspect of the response should be part of the senior coordination with a mandate to work closely with existing health and protection efforts to meaningfully engage communities".
In Kenya, all airport arrivals are screened while truck drivers and others crossing the Kenya-Uganda border in Malaba must undergo Ebola screening. On 7 May 2019, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) issued new vaccination recommendations, including adjusting vaccine dosages, expanding vaccine eligibility, ring vaccination operational improvements, and strengthening training of local healthcare workers to aid in the EVD response.
A World Health Organization (WHO) emergency committee convened in the wake of imported Ebola cases in Uganda said today that the situation still doesn't warrant a public health emergency of global concern (PHEIC), but they did express serious worries about the threat to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its neighbors and over a lack of funds.
The DRC epidemic began in August 2018, with nearly 2,100 cases so far and counting.
Tackling the disease has been complicated by conflict in the region - between January and May there were more than 40 attacks on health facilities.
So why is Ebola not a global emergency?However it the virus was now entrenched in rural areas including Mabalako, he said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) sent 3,500 doses of a Merck experimental vaccine to Uganda this week, following 4,700 initial doses. However, such events usually end spontaneously with a chain of not more than 5 people.
At a news conference held in Geneva, members of the emergency committee reiterated concern about the growing number of cases in Africa, which now top 2,108 cases of Ebola, and 1,411 deaths. Glennon remarks, "Early detection of outbreaks is critical to timely response, but estimating detection rates is hard because unreported spillover events and outbreaks do not generate data".
The deadly outbreak - the second largest in history - has killed more than 1,400 people.
Outreach programs were launched to educate people about Ebola, but Patta said mistrust runs deep in the community, and many people didn't even consider Ebola as big a problem as security.