GSK hands work on potential Ebola vaccines to US institute

Ebola vaccine

Ebola vaccine

It's been about a year since the latest Ebola outbreak started in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Goma, a city of nearly 2 million individuals bordering Rwanda, is the capital of North Kivu Province, the region worst hit by the year-long epidemic that has killed more than 1,800 people and infected thousands more.

According to the World Health Organization, Ebola, which has a high mortality rate if not treated in time, is transmitted through direct contact with contaminated blood and body fluids. Any border closure is likely to push travellers to avoid official border posts, where people are checked for signs of fever and other Ebola symptoms.

At the border with Rwanda, crossed by an estimated 45,000 people each day, travelers have their temperatures taken twice on either side.

The East African country has been on high alert since two people, part of a family visiting from Congo, died of the disease. Rwanda briefly closed the border last week but re-opened it when experts warned the move would encourage illicit crossings. Congo's government condemned Rwanda's decision to close the border before it was reopened hours later.

A previous case in Goma led the WHO to declare the outbreak an worldwide health emergency three weeks ago, but it did not result in further transmission in Goma. His wife and daughter then tested positive for the disease. More than 200 people who came into contact with the miner have been tracked and 160 of them have been vaccinated, according to Congolese authorities.

A Congolese health worker administers Ebola vaccination to a resident at a centre in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a separate measure to control the spread of the disease, churches in Rwanda have advised people not to shake hands.

Through the trial of the vaccine, manufactured by a Belgian company, we will try to assess 'its safety and ability to provoke an immune response with the aim of fighting the virus, ' Kalebu specified.

Whether health authorities can apply lessons from those hotspots will determine if they claim victory in Goma or if the epidemic will hurtle toward the grim record of more than 11 300 deaths registered by West Africa's 2014-16 Ebola outbreak.

Notícias recomendadas

  • Just Eat and Takeaway.com merge to create food delivery giant

    Just Eat and Takeaway.com merge to create food delivery giant

    Just Eat has been acquired by Dutch company Takeaway.com, creating one of the world's largest food delivery companies. Just Eat shareholders will own around 52.2% of the company, while shareholders of the Dutch rival will own the rest.
    Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen Just Listed Their Boston Home

    Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen Just Listed Their Boston Home

    In addition, Brady also recently hired the high-profile WME talent agency to handle his non-football projects. The Patriots have agreed not to use the franchise tag on Brady, according to a source.
    Xiaomi Teases Smartphone With 100MP Samsung ISOCELL Sensor

    Xiaomi Teases Smartphone With 100MP Samsung ISOCELL Sensor

    Recently, Xiaomi confirmed that the upcoming Redmi smartphone will be powered by the latest MediaTek processor aimed at gamers. Samsung will also likely be sharing more information about its new 100MP sensor closer to the launch of the phone that has it.
  • Remains of extinct giant parrot found in New Zealand

    Remains of extinct giant parrot found in New Zealand

    The world's largest parrot was found in fossils about 19 million years old near St Bathans, south of Christchurch, in New Zealand. That's double the mass of the heaviest known parrot, the kakapo , and about the size of the extinct dodo.
    Production of 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro Expected To Begin Soon

    Production of 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro Expected To Begin Soon

    Lin also confirmed that the 15.4-inch model will be shuffled out through news from OEM and panel suppliers. Of course there are other configurations such as the six-core Intel i7 processor that won't cost as much.
    Weaker profits: Profit down as Commonwealth Bank pays for industry scandals

    Weaker profits: Profit down as Commonwealth Bank pays for industry scandals

    The bank's risk and compliance-related spending was 64 per cent of its total investment in FY19, up from 50 per cent past year . Without those extra costs, earnings would have been sharply higher - well above $10 billion for the year to June.
  • Are Travis Scott & Kylie Jenner About To Get Married?

    Are Travis Scott & Kylie Jenner About To Get Married?

    It is not a far fetched thought as the couple toy around with the idea of getting married. Travis Scott and daughter Stormi were also on the private jet to Italy.
    England Pacer Mark Wood Ruled Out Of Ashes, Rest Of Season

    England Pacer Mark Wood Ruled Out Of Ashes, Rest Of Season

    So I'll have to schedule that as well, which is not so easy because it is mainly Twenty20 matches at the moment'. Following an injury to James Anderson at Edgbaston, Stone was one of the candidates to replace him at Lord's.

    Rumours link Everton with Iwobi interest

    The publication also revealed that television presenter has a close relationship with the Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri. The Portuguese club confirmed the departure of 18-year-old winger Felix Correia on its official Twitter handle.
  • Streaming Catching Traditional TV, Ofcom Finds

    Streaming Catching Traditional TV, Ofcom Finds

    But the good news for established media firms is that traditional broadcast TV still leads the way on United Kingdom content. According to Ofcom , younger viewers now spend over an average of 64 minutes a day on the platform.

    Vivo S1 With MediaTek Helio P65, Triple Rear Cameras Launched: Price, Specifications

    Design-wise, the Vivo S1 flaunts a stylish gradient back panel and can be availed in Diamond Black and Skyline Blue colours. This new selfie-centric smartphone under S series comes after Z series, which was introduced in the country last month.
    Max Kellerman Shocks Molly Qerim With Dubious Kobe Bryant Take

    Max Kellerman Shocks Molly Qerim With Dubious Kobe Bryant Take

    Kellerman has been known for his hot takes in the past so this particular comment shouldn't come as that much of a surprise.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.