Thousands of people have fallen sick in a resurgence of the illness.
It’s official: the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a global health emergency, raising alarms with the organization’s highest level of alert.
The vicious illness has already affected 2,700 people in the country. The WHO indicates that 12 new cases are presently being reported in the country each day, a statistic that officials say is a result of the strength of the disease, a general mistrust of health workers among the public in the country, and a denial the disease exists at all, among other causes.
The strange thing is, a vaccine for Ebola does exist. Yes! Those who receive it find it to be 99% effective.
The vaccine isn’t available to everyone at the moment, however. Only those individuals who have direct contact with an Ebola patient (I.e., family and healthcare workers) and those who come into contact with this second round of people, are receiving it.
But not everyone wants to take it. Call me traditional but this is one vaccine you don’t want to miss, given the chance. The first version was developed by Merck when Ebola first hit West Africa. A new round is being made by Johnson & Johnson, as the first vaccine is now in short supply.
During the outbreak lasting from 2014 to 2016, Ebola killed over 11,000 people in West Africa.
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