TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017

Vaccine trial expands to Sierra Leone due to new Ebola case

Vaccine trial expands to Sierra Leone due to new Ebola case. | Courtesy of sciencedaily.com

In light of a new Ebola virus case detected in Kambia, Sierra Leone, the first “ring vaccination” use of an experimental vaccine for Ebola has been launched in Sierra Leone.

The new case was found just after Sierra Leone celebrated approximately three weeks without any Ebola cases.

The experts involved in the ring vaccination have journeyed from Conakry, Guinea, to meet with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO). The teams will join in the district where the latest case was found.

“Although no one wanted to see more cases of Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone, we kept all our teams on alert and ready to respond and close down any new transmission,” Dr. Anders Nordstrom, WHO representative in Sierra Leone, said.

Health officials are currently investigating the source of this Ebola virus transmission. They’re searching for all of the people who may have had contact with the person infected with the virus. These contacts are being traced to prevent the virus from spreading.

“The training was done to ensure teams are ready to rapidly perform ring vaccination should there be new confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone,” Dr. Margaret Lamunu, WHO technical coordinator of the Ebola response in Sierra Leone, who is leading the extension of the ring vaccination trial in Sierra Leone, said.

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