HHS to provide $23 million to Merck for Ebola vaccine production
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Wednesday it will fund the manufacturing of Merck& Co Inc's investigational Ebola vaccine called V920, in response to the outbreak of the deadly virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Rwanda: Rwanda Fast Tracking Purchase of Ebola Vaccine
[New Times] Rwanda is in talks to acquire at least 100,000 doses of an Ebola vaccine for a mass vaccination campaign that targets traders around the country's border with DR Congo, according to reports. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 21, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

A ‘Cure’ for Ebola but Will it Stop the Outbreak if People Won’t Get Treatment?
Health workers inside a "CUBE" talk to an Ebola patient, while a nurse consults a chart outside. ALIMA Ebola Treatment Centre, Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Two drugs have been found to successfully treat the Ebola virus. Aid agencies have welcomed the news saying it allows communities to access early treatment. Courtesy: World Health Organisation (WHO)By Issa Sikiti da SilvaCOTONOU, Benin, Aug 20 2019 (IPS) While people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are slowly being made aware that scientists have discovered two drugs that are effective in treating Ebola, letting go of the fear and anxiety ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Issa Sikiti da Silva Tags: Africa Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ebola Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Ebola Crisis-The Vaccines Debate
[Ghanaian Times] As I write this piece, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is reeling from an Ebola crisis with the World Health Organization (WHO) having declared it a global health emergency. It is reported to have killed about 1,800 people so far. The crisis has been worsened by internal conflicts and mobility of people fleeing from the conflicts. I will continue with information gleaned from the BBC and Bloomberg on the Ebola crisis and deployment of vaccines. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 16, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Burundi Starts Ebola Vaccines for Health Workers -WHO Burundi Starts Ebola Vaccines for Health Workers -WHO
Burundi has started vaccinating its health workers against Ebola, beginning with those near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Burundi: Govt Launches Ebola Vaccination Campaign for Health and Front-Line Workers
[WHO] On 13th August, the Ministry of Public Health and AIDS Control kicked off the vaccination campaign for front-line staff against the Ebola virus disease. The campaign started at the Gatumba entry point at the Border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 15, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Wednesday ’s Daily Brief: Help for Venezuelans, Burundi Ebola vaccine drive, Paraguay poison probe urged, talking disarmament in Geneva, Libya violence down
Our main stories today cover: Scaled-up assistance for Venezuelans; Ebola vaccinations  for Burundi health workers; reports of civilian deaths following an Afghan-sponsored security operation; agrochemical spray probe urged in Paraguay; Libya violence abates during truce, and disarmament conference’s first woman chief urges Governments to “overcome their differences”.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Burundi starts Ebola vaccines for health workers: WHO
Burundi has started vaccinating its health workers against Ebola, beginning with those near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

An Ebola Drug Trial Ended Early Because It Was So Successful. That Could Change How Doctors Handle Future Outbreaks
A year into an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), researchers have halted an experimental drug trial there because early results appear so promising. The drugs will be made available to more patients in the DRC, hopefully saving lives as the current outbreak continues. But the decision to end the trial early has implications that go beyond the DRC: it could also change the way infectious disease treatments are studied in years to come. The trial, which began last November and enrolled 681 patients at four sites in the DRC, was meant to test four experimental Ebola therapies: ZMapp (an antibody co...
Source: TIME: Health - August 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Infectious Disease Source Type: news

Africa: As Congo Ebola Cases Rise, a Vaccine Trial in Uganda Is Keenly Watched
[The New Humanitarian] Kampala -Uganda has launched its largest trial of a new experimental Ebola vaccine, as rising cases of the deadly virus in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo continue to raise fears of a wider regional outbreak. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 13, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Tshisekedi Has Taken Over Ebola Response. How He Can Make a Difference
[The Conversation Africa] The most recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rages on. There's been a continued increase in the number of new cases for a year since the outbreak was first declared. This is despite the extensive use of an experimental vaccine, new treatments and more rapid response to the outbreak when compared to the West African outbreak. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 12, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

WHO says no new Ebola cases in Goma, vaccinates over 1,300
The World Health Organization said it has vaccinated over 1,300 people who potentially came into contact with the Ebola virus in the Congolese city of Goma, helping contain what many feared would be a rapid spread in an urban center. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Deploying Experimental Vaccines Against Ebola
The most expedient way to test Johnson and Johnson's experimental Ebola vaccine is to administer it during an outbreak, which is the way Merck's vaccine was successfully deployed in Guinea in 2015. Locally, however, there are fears people in the Congo could be used as guinea pigs. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 9, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joshua Cohen, Contributor Source Type: news

Uganda: Researchers in Uganda Start 2-Year Ebola Vaccine Trial
[VOA] Eight hundred health workers involved in the fight against the Ebola virus are receiving doses of a two-part vaccine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 8, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda: The Uganda Vaccine Trial - How African Researchers Are Tackling Ebola
[The Conversation Africa] In August 2015 Dr Sakoba Keita, who led the Ebola response in Guinea during the largest Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen, declared: (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 8, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

GSK drops Ebola vaccine development
The vaccine candidates will be transferred to the Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington with no financial element in the deal (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - August 6, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

GSK ends development of Ebola vaccine, hands work to U.S. institute
British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline is giving up its work on developing three potential vaccines against the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses, despite an ongoing Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Uganda: Uganda Starts Largest-Ever Ebola Vaccine Trial
[VOA] Uganda has started its largest Ebola vaccine trial to date, health authorities announced Monday, in an apparent effort to prevent the disease from spreading. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 6, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ebola vaccine: Why is a new jab so controversial?
The outbreak shows no signs of abating, so why is the roll-out of a second vaccine proving contentious? (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Uganda Launches Largest Trial of Experimental Ebola Vaccine As Outbreak Spreads in Neighboring Congo
(KAMPALA, Uganda) — Researchers in Uganda have launched the largest-ever trial of the experimental Ebola vaccine that is expected to be deployed in neighboring Congo, where a deadly outbreak has killed over 1,800 people. The trial of the Janssen Pharmaceuticals vaccine involves up to 800 people in the western district of Mbarara and is supported by Doctors without Borders and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Pontiano Kaleebu, a Ugandan researcher who leads the trial, said Friday that he regrets that the Janssen vaccine has not yet been deployed in Congo. The health minister there who stepped down l...
Source: TIME: Health - August 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RODNEY MUHUMUZA / AP Tags: Uncategorized congo ebola onetime Uganda vaccine Source Type: news

Uganda begins largest trial of experimental Ebola vaccine
expected to be deployed in Congo (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Uganda Launching New Experimental Ebola Vaccine Trial
Researchers aim to deploy the trial in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been ravaged by Ebola for a year. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - August 2, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Experimental Ebola vaccine trial underway in Uganda
Ugandan researchers are undertaking the largest-ever trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine. It will be deployed in neighbouring Congo, where a deadly outbreak has killed over 1,800 people. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

2nd case of Ebola confirmed in Congo city of Goma
This has become the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 1,700 people killed despite an experimental but effective vaccine (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - July 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UNICEF must triple budget to combat Ebola outbreak in DR Congo; complex crisis impacting unprecedented number of children
With an  unprecedented number of children affected by the Ebola virus outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday said it would need to triple its budget to tackle the complex crisis, which included intensifying the overall pub lic health response and launching measles vaccinations.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Dengue Dance?
Discussion Dengue is an important arboviral infection that affects about 40% of the world population. It is found mainly in topical and subtropical areas of the world mainly in developing countries but it range is spreading including the United States. A review of common arboviruses can be found here. It is a flaviavirus with 4 distinct serotypes named DENV-1 through DENV-4 and is spread by A. aegypti a day biting mosquito. Infection with one serotype confers immunity to that serotype but not the others. It does offer some protection for cross-infection but this only lasts a few months. Incubation period is 3-14 days with ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 29, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

In Congo, a New Plan to Fight Ebola Follows a Government Power Struggle
After the resignation of the country ’s health minister, the president will take over the response to the epidemic and distribute a new vaccine. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa) Ebola Virus Vaccination and Immunization Politics and Government Johnson & World Health Organization Kabila, Joseph Tshisekedi, Felix Muyembe, Jean-Jacques Source Type: news

Congo Draws Up a New Battle Plan Against Ebola Amid Power Struggle
Following the resignation of the country ’s health minister, the president will take over the response and deploy a new vaccine. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. and Denise Grady Tags: Ebola Virus Vaccination and Immunization Politics and Government Johnson & World Health Organization Kabila, Joseph Tshisekedi, Felix Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa) Africa Jean-Jacques Muyembe Source Type: news

Deployment of second Ebola vaccine would not be quick fix, experts warn
The resignation of Congo's health minister in the midst of the country's worst Ebola outbreak could clear the way for a second experimental vaccine to be deployed. But the new shot would likely take months to win the trust of frightened locals and show results, health officials say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Why the long-awaited Ebola vaccine won't end the Congo outbreak
Even if there were enough vaccines to go around, the region's violent conflict has made it virtually impossible for health workers to deliver the shots to every relative and neighbor of each Ebola victim. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Baumgaertner Source Type: news

Why the long-awaited Ebola vaccine won't end the Congo outbreak
Even if there were enough vaccines to go around, the region's violent conflict has made it virtually impossible for health workers to deliver the shots to every relative and neighbor of each Ebola victim. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - July 25, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Emily Baumgaertner Source Type: news

Congo Minister's Resignation Over Ebola Snub Could Unblock New Vaccine Congo Minister's Resignation Over Ebola Snub Could Unblock New Vaccine
Congo's health minister resigned on Monday after being stripped of responsibility for managing the country's Ebola outbreak, potentially paving the way for the introduction of a second vaccine to contain the spreading epidemic.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Congo minister's resignation over Ebola snub could unblock new vaccine
Congo's health minister resigned on Monday after being stripped of responsibility for managing the country's Ebola outbreak, potentially paving the way for the introduction of a second vaccine to contain the spreading epidemic. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Uganda: Govt Joins Desperate Hunt for Ebola Vaccine
[RFI] Uganda has fast-tracked testing of Ebola vaccines, as the WHO declared the outbreak in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo a "public health emergency of international concern", a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 19, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Corporate Report: Secure Specimen Transfer from Ebola Biobank to the UK (United Kingdom)
This report summarizes the establishment of the Ebola Biobank, its governance, and how materials were safely transported in 2015 from West Africa to the United Kingdom for curation by Public Health England. The Biobank is a secure but accessible resource of biological samples that are essential for understanding human disease and the development of vaccines, diagnostics, and treatments. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fear, mistrust drive vaccination hesitancy, researchers say
Half of Americans reported a hesitation or outright refusal to take an anti-Ebola vaccine, which researchers say is based on the same reasoning fueling anti-vaccine fears around the world. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Earlier Ebola Outbreaks, and How the World Overcame Them
Hemorrhagic fever inspires almost mythic terror, but whether it can be beaten depends more on people than on medical advances. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Ebola Virus Epidemics Vaccination and Immunization World Health Organization Africa Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa) Goma (Congo, Democratic Republic of) Mbandaka (Congo, Democratic Republic of) West Africa Source Type: news

WHO Declares Ebola in Congo a Public-Health Emergency Nearly a Year After Outbreak
The second-worst Ebola outbreak in history has killed more than 1,500 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since it began last August. And on Wednesday, nearly a year after the outbreak began, and in the midst of renewed concerns over its spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public-health emergency of international concern. The decision is meant to spur a stronger response from the international community in hopes of ending the outbreak, which has proved difficult to contain due to a humanitarian crisis DRC, attacks on health care workers and rampant misinformation within the ...
Source: TIME: Health - July 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Democratic Republic of the Congo Infectious Disease Source Type: news

Monday ’s Daily Brief: numbers of hungry people rising, millions of children need vaccines, Mali children need more protection
In today ’s Daily Brief: achieving zero hunger an “immense challenge”, with numbers of hungry rising; 20 million children are missing out on potentially life-saving vaccines, the killing of health workers in DR Congo shows the need for a stronger Ebola response; a UN expert calls for an end to violatio ns against children in Mali; and better training is needed to cut global youth unemployment. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Congo rules out using other experimental vaccines to combat Ebola
Congo's health minister says the government has decided not to allow clinical trials of other Ebola vaccines during the second worst outbreak in history, because doing so risked "confusing the population." (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Congo rules out using additional trial vaccines to combat Ebola
Congo will not permit the use of further experimental vaccines as it combats an Ebola outbreak because doing so risked "confusing the population," the government said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Mass measles vaccination campaign begins in Ebola-hit DR Congo province
Health workers have started a massive measles vaccination campaign in north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a region that ’s in the grip of the second deadliest Ebola virus outbreak on record.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Vaccination to Contain Measles Outbreak Underway Amidst Ebola and Mass Displacement
[Unicef] Vaccination to contain severe measles outbreak underway in DR Congo amidst Ebola and mass displacementCampaign led by the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and MSFHealth workers are urgently rolling out a complex measles vaccination campaign targeting 67,000 children in Ituri, northeast DR Congo, a region ravaged by armed conflict that is now also the hub of the second deadliest Ebola outbreak on record.At least 1,981 deaths due to measles have been reported across DR Congo this year, over two-th (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 11, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: How the Ebola Crisis Has Led to Children Dying From Measles
[The Conversation Africa] Forty-five years ago, the World Health Organisation launched the Expanded Programme on Immunisation. It covered six diseases - measles, tuberculosis, polio, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. Since then, anti-measles vaccines have been distributed to millions of children across the world, leading to a massive reduction in illness and death. For example, between 2000 and 2017, it was estimated that global deaths from measles had reduced by about 80% due to vaccination. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 11, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Experimental Ebola Treatments Look Successful in Lab Studies, Says the CDC
A humanitarian crisis, attacks on health workers and rampant misinformation have for months fueled an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), amplifying the effects of a highly contagious and often-fatal disease. As a result, international health groups have declared this the second-worst Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 1,500 people dying since it started in August 2018. New research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers some hope, highlighting two treatments that could help bring the deadly outbreak under control. The study, published in the Lancet Infectious...
Source: TIME: Health - July 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Infectious Disease Source Type: news

Canadian who helped design Ebola vaccine says there isn't enough to stop current outbreak in Congo
As the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo nears the one-year mark, a Canadian scientist who helped design a vaccine for the deadly disease says there isn't enough of the precious preventive tool. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo continued with a steady transmission intensity this week. Indicators demonstrated the early signs of transmission easing in intensity in some major hotspots, such as Butembo and Katwa. The current hotspots are the health zones of Beni, Mabalako, and Mandima, with some cases being exported from these hotspot areas into unaffected health zones. There is a slight but notable increase in the number of new cases occurring in areas that previously had lower rates of transmission, such as the Komanda, Lubero, and Rwampara...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - July 4, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Plan to use second Ebola vaccine sparks debate
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - June 27, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Kupferschmidt, K. Tags: Epidemiology, Medicine, Diseases In Depth Source Type: news

Northeast Congo Insecurity Hampers Response to Measles Outbreak Northeast Congo Insecurity Hampers Response to Measles Outbreak
Insecurity in northeast Congo has hampered a measles vaccination drive and forced people to flee their homes, local responders said on Wednesday, complicating efforts to control the spread of a virus that has killed more people that Ebola this year.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

How Misinformation Is Making It Almost Impossible to Contain the Ebola Outbreak in DRC
If Florida Kayindo hadn’t contracted Ebola herself, she wouldn’t believe that it existed. The 36-year-old grins with bemusement thinking about all the rumors she’s heard. “In the beginning people thought Ebola wasn’t a real illness, it was brought in by white people,” she explains. “White people are evil, that’s what people in the community believe,” Kayindo tells TIME. “Before Ebola white people were around, but now they’re thinking white people came with Ebola.” Kayindo was declared Ebola free in November 2018 and since then she has been working in ...
Source: TIME: Health - June 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sally Hayden Tags: Uncategorized DRC ebola onetime Source Type: news