McCaul continues to urge U.S. action to halt Ebola outbreak

McCaul continues to urge U.S. action to halt Ebola outbreak

In democratic republic of Congo, health minister Oly Ilunga has resigned from his post in protest at the presidency's decision last week to take control of the response to the Ebola outbreak in the east of the country.

He also condemned "strong pressure exercised in recent months" to use a new Ebola vaccine advocated by some aid agencies and donors.

He mentioned the present vaccine was the only one with clinically proven effectiveness.

"No country should close its borders or place any restrictions on travel and trade, including general quarantine of travelers from the Ebola-affected countries, now the DRC", the joint AU-WHO statement read.

DRC also faces what is being billed as the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.

Unfortunately, the country is yet to contain the spread of the disease.

Ebola killed more than 1,700 and last week the World Health Organisation declared it an worldwide health emergency.

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Though the disease has yet to spread beyond the DRC, its risk of doing so is high, especially as cases have begun to crop up in Goma, near the border with Rwanda.

With the deadly Ebola outbreak now declared a global health emergency, the Ministry of Health is reviewing and updating its Ebola Plan to ensure that authorities are able to respond effectively if the need arises, the ministry said today.

"There should be no requirement of certificates of Ebola vaccination for any movement across borders or for issuance of visas, as there is now no licensed vaccine against Ebola", the joint statement read.

The vaccine is 97% effective and greater than 161,000 folks have been given it, in response to the World Health Organization.

A quadruple burial of Ebola victims is interrupted at the Kanzunza cemetery in Butembo, DR Congo, on May 17, 2019, by locals who throw stones at health workers and blockade the burial grounds before they are dispersed by police.

An Ebola epidemic devastated components of West Africa from 2014 to 2016 and killed more than 11,000 individuals.