Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Ebola Vaccination in Uganda

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Ebola Vaccination in Uganda

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Vaccination of front-line health workers in Uganda with the rVSV-Ebola vaccine got under way last month.

Uganda shares a border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where an outbreak of Ebola virus disease has claimed 209 lives, for a total 333 reported cases, as of 11 November.

The Ugandan health ministry with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) started vaccination in five districts, Bundibugyo, Kabarole, Kasese, Ntoroko and Bunyanga on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A total of 2100 doses of the rVSV-Ebola vaccine were to be administered to the health workers to protect them against Ebola virus, which is circulating in some parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and not, so far, been reported in Uganda.

With large numbers of people moving across the Democratic Republic of the Congo-Uganda border, the risk of cross-border transmission of Ebola to Uganda is very high, according to WHO's risk assessment.

Several studies show that the rVSV-Ebola vaccine is safe and protective against the Ebola virus, but more research is needed before it can be licensed. That is why the vaccine is being administered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on a compassionate basis to protect people with the greatest exposure to the outbreak, provided recipients give their consent. …

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