Uganda on Monday said Ebola vaccinations for frontline health workers in high-risk districts bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been postponed to Wednesday due to training of vaccination staff.
Health workers are usually among the first to be infected in an Ebola outbreak.
In all previous outbreaks, most of which took place in remote areas, the disease was contained before it spread widely.
This story has been corrected to indicate the number of Ebola deaths in the current outbreak is 189, not 198.
Dr Aceng also reiterated that there is no confirmed Ebola case in the country and an active case search continues in all communities, health facilities and at designated and informal border crossing in all districts.
In vaccinating frontline health workers against EVD, Uganda health authorities are cautiously hoping to prevent another outbreak.
It said the risk of the outbreak spreading to other provinces and neighboring countries remains high. "Quick action is needed to affirm US leadership in eastern Congo, better understand the specific security threats at play, and come up with practical solutions that permit the safe deployment of a small USA expert contingent into the center of the outbreak, where seasoned USA talent is most needed" (11/1).
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Ebola is a deadly disease caused by a virus, though there are five strains, and four of them can make people sick. About 60 to 80 percent of new cases do not show an epidemiological link to prior cases.
"I do think this is one of the challenges we'll have to see, whether we're able to contain, control and end the current outbreak, with the current security situation, or do we move into the idea that this becomes more of an endemic Ebola outbreak in this region, which we've never really confronted", Redfield said. Under this approach, all the people who have been in contact with an Ebola patient are vaccinated, and then people who have been in contact with those contacts are also vaccinated.
This particular vaccine is now being administered in DRC and is demonstrating positive protective results and potency against the Ebola virus-Zaire type.
Tedros said the scale was not surprising, given the precarious security situation.
The World Health Organization, CDC and other global health organizations say they are anxious about the current Ebola outbreak spreading to port cities like Butembo, which will only exacerbate infection transmission rates. It's caused 151 death so far, the World Health Organization said.
World Health Organization's director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus joined Lacroix in Beni as part of what he called joint United Nations efforts to stop Ebola.