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Burundi to vaccinate health and front line workers for Ebola

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Burundi’s health authorities have begun a vaccination campaign for frontline workers and all health workers involved in the fight against Ebola disease.

The country’s Ministry of Public Health and Aids Control says the campaign is aimed at curbing a spillover of the deadly disease into its borders from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Noting that DR Congo is battling another Ebola outbreak presently which was declared on August 2018 and considered the largest ever outbreak with 2,500 cases, it is also the second-biggest Ebola epidemic ever recorded after the West Africa outbreak of 2014-2016.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared last month that the Ebola outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, and is calling for more measures to curb its spread.

Measures were taken by some of the countries around DR Congo to prevent the possible spread of the disease into their borders.

WHO representatives in Burundi commended on the country’s move to vaccinate health workers against the diseases, saying “It is a significant step forward in preparing for the response to this disease”.

“ The vaccine proved highly protective against Ebola in a trial conducted in Guinea in 2015”. He added.

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