Ebola outbreak: Guinea to start vaccination drive after storm delayed aircraft arrives

Authorities mentioned among the doses would head straight to Nzerekore, the capital of Guinea’s southeastern forest area the place 5 individuals have not too long ago died of Ebola.

Ebola outbreak: Guinea to begin vaccination drive after storm delayed plane arrives

A member of the ring vaccination workforce vaccinates a person in Bosolo village. Picture credit score: WHO/L. Mackenzie

Guinea will launch an Ebola vaccination drive Tuesday after a flight delayed by a Saharan mud storm arrived carrying 1000’s of jabs, because the West African nation fights to stamp out a resurgence of the lethal virus. The outbreak, declared final weekend, is the primary within the area since a 2013-16 epidemic left greater than 11,300 individuals useless, primarily in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The beginning of the inoculation marketing campaign needed to be delayed by sooner or later after a aircraft carrying greater than 11,000 vaccine doses was unable to land in Guinea’s capital Conakry on account of a mud storm. A particular flight carrying the Merck vaccine lastly landed in Guinea late Monday, an AFP correspondent reported.

Well being authorities mentioned among the doses would head straight to Nzerekore, the capital of Guinea’s southeastern forest area the place 5 individuals have not too long ago died of Ebola.

Inoculations are additionally deliberate in Conakry on Tuesday.

Ebola causes extreme fever and, within the worst instances, unstoppable bleeding. It’s transmitted by shut contact with bodily fluids, and individuals who reside with or look after sufferers are most in danger.

In addition to Guinea, the illness has additionally not too long ago reemerged within the Democratic Republic of Congo.

An additional 8,700 vaccine doses had been set to reach from the US on Wednesday.

Additionally learn:

Why is Ebola again in Guinea? What have we learnt from previous outbreaks?

Guinea declares Ebola epidemic after 7 confirmed instances and three deaths: All it’s worthwhile to know

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