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Newsday, Fears over the use of a new Ebola vaccine in DRCongo

Newsday, Fears over the use of a new Ebola vaccine in DRCongo

Last week, members of the emergency Committee declared an epidemic in DR Congo "emergency environment, public health, worldwide importance".

The virus has killed more than 1,700 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the world's second-worst outbreak was declared nearly a year ago and is threatening to spill over its borders. Other recent hot spots are Mandima, Mabalako, and Katwa.

This month former U.S. Ebola response coordinator Ronald Klain called on the White House to reverse its policy of keeping U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) staff out of outbreak zones, and Britain has said too many countries were using security as an excuse not to send people to the front line.

According to the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005, movement of people from one place to another within the country and between countries is not restricted during disease outbreaks. The EU is vastly stepping up its aid to save lives and prevent further infections.

AHF operates healthcare programs in two countries now being affected or being threatened by the outbreak-Uganda and Rwanda.

Other notable challenges include a high proportion of community deaths, a relatively low proportion of new infections linked to known cases, persistence of transmission chains linked to nosocomial exposure, delays in illness detection and isolation, and continued pockets of community resistance.

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"Do we have any indications at the moment of Ebola transmitting in Uganda? No".

The outbreak also presents a serious threat to peace and security in the country, the region and the African continent as a whole, according to an AU statement. In addition, the virus spread to neighboring Uganda, where as of June 24, there have been a total of three confirmed cases of Ebola.

World Health Organization declared last week the Ebola outbreak in parts of DRC.

Saudi Arabia will not grant visas to pilgrims from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Aceng said Uganda is safe and all national and worldwide travelers are free to travel to and within the country.

Screening has been reinforced at the border crossing between Goma in the DRC and the Rwandan city of Gisenyi, where tens of thousands of people cross each day.