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Reprieve As Suspected Kericho Ebola Case Tests Negative

Reprieve As Suspected Kericho Ebola Case Tests Negative

At a press briefing following the meeting, Dr Preben Aavitsland, the acting chair of the committee, announced that the outbreak is "a health emergency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo" but that the situation does not yet meet the criteria for being declared a global one. The WHO said $54 million is needed to stop the outbreak.

Margret Elisa, a resident of Yei's Morobo County which connects to Uganda and Congo expressed similar fears.

World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he accepted the committee's decision but the outbreak remained "very much an emergency" for the families affected.

The closely-watched decision followed advice from WHO's emergency committee, which only meets to review the world's most severe outbreaks.

Screening has been stepped up at border points, where people coming in are urged to wash their hands with chlorinated water or have their temperature taken.

The WHO said Ebola was "very much an emergency" in the region, but it did not pose a global threat. About 4,500 health workers have received vaccinations.

His three-year-old brother was also confirmed to have Ebola, as was their grandmother, who died late Wednesday.

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World Health Organization further charged "at-risk countries should continue to map population movements and sociological patterns that can predict risk of disease spread; all priority countries should put in place approvals for investigational medicines and vaccines as an immediate priority for preparedness".

First Case Of Ebola Reported In Uganda On Tuesday, June 11, health officials in Uganda confirmed that a 5-year-old boy, who traveled across the border from DRC with his family a few days earlier, has been tested positive of Ebola.

While improved communication flows can help public health authorities track diseases and spread messages to people about how to protect themselves, greater access to a vast range of information can make the public become more sceptical of authority and can spread misinformation, including about vaccines, Bausch said.

The U.N. health agency has said there have so far been no known cases of Ebola spreading between people in Uganda - all recorded patients had travelled in from Congo.

Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi have also increased their surveillance following the deaths in Uganda.

"This has been an incredible meeting where I have got an opportunity to learn, with pleasure, that, the Ministry of Health is on top of the Ebola response in Uganda, with huge support from the partners", Dr. Tedros said in a tweet.

The national laboratory (INRB) confirmed on 7 August that the current outbreak is of the Zaire Ebola virus, the most deadly strain and the same one that affected West Africa during the 2014-2016 outbreak.