Ebola Is Back And World Health Officials Are Racing To Stop Another Catastrophe
The World Health Organization announced Friday that it hopes to deploy an experimental vaccine against the developing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, even as the agency plans for the “worst case scenario.”
There have been 32 moncler outlet probable and suspected cases of the deadly hemorrhagic fever reported since April 4, including 18 deaths, according to WHO. Ebola takes sophisticated lab tests to confirm, so only two cases have been cheap moncler sale confirmed thus far.
Three affected patients, one of whom has died, were health care workers. That’s especially worrisome to experts because medical professionals come into close contact with many people. That outbreak ultimately killed some 11,300 people and infected 28,600 across West Africa. WHO was deeply criticized for its “egregious failure” to respond sooner to the large scale tragedy.
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Cases are clustered at three locations within a roughly 37 mile area near the town of Bikoro, said Peter Salama, WHO’s deputy director general of emergency preparedness and response, during a United Nations briefing on Friday in Geneva, Switzerland. It’s been described as a “dire scene,” he said.
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The DRC government had previously approved use of the vaccine during a small Ebola outbreak last year. But by the time cheap moncler outlet officials were ready to go, the infection had been contained by traditional measures such as quarantine and contact tracing.
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“The fact that, in two consecutive outbreaks, in two consecutive years, this process is starting from scratch is problematic, and puts health care workers particularly moncler sale at risk,”Klain told HuffPost in an email.
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Even when the proper logistics are in place, effective distribution will require extensive tracing of the individuals the infected patients came in contact with. The goal is to vaccinate a “ring” of protected people around the patients and their contacts. That tracing can take a week or two, according to Salama.
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cheap moncler jackets While WHO says the risk of Ebola spreading internationally is low, experts worry that the location of Bikoro on the Congo River could lead to outbreaks elsewhere, theSTAT news sitefirst pointed out. cheap moncler jackets
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The Congo River creates a possible pathway for the disease to reach the DRC’s capital, Kinshasa, which is home to over 12 million people. To monlcer down jackets the immediate north, there’s the capital of the Republic of the Congo, Brazzaville, whose population is 3 million. And then there’s the capital of the Central African Republic to the north, Bangui, where 730,000 people live.
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Gambia, Guinea and Nigeria said they’re on the lookout for the virus,according to Reuters, and Kenya’s Health Ministry is thermo scanning travelers at its airports moncler mens jackets for fever.
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“The mistake WHO is making is providing overly reassuring communications about the status of its information, the outbreak, and the response,” Klain said. “All that we know right now is that we don’t know: cheap moncler coats we don’t know when the outbreak started, if the response is timely, and whether early communication from the DRC was accurate.”.