Friday, April 8, 2016

In Guinea, Over 1,400 People Have Now Been Vaccinated In Latest Ebola Flare-Up

Once again, Kenilworth deserves high praise for supplying well over 1,400 doses of its experimental rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine almost immediately to rural Nzérékoré, Guinea (as well as a smaller number of courses, in Liberia) -- in the latest flare-up. But the tide has turned -- these are very small outbreaks, and all are from previously known chains of transmission, human to human, not animal to human.

That may seem like small comfort, but it does mean that the current vaccine stock is highly likely to remain effective. Here is the latest update, from WHO:

. . . . A large-scale government-led response continues in Guinea’s prefectures of Nzérékoré and Macenta, where there have been 9 Ebola cases since the flare-up began in late February. Eight people have died and one 11-year old child remains in treatment in an Ebola care centre.

To date, over 1,400 people who may have been in contact with the confirmed cases and contacts of theirs have been vaccinated with the Ebola vaccine. . . .

Do treat each other to the very best, this weekend -- we need not live high, to live well. Namaste, as from here -- we are out.

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