Rwanda begins vaccinating health workers against Ebola

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Medical stuff and an Ebola survivor treat Ebola patient Ibrahim Mupalalo inside the Biosecure Emergency Care Unit (CUBE) at the ALIMA (The Alliance for International Medical Action) Ebola treatment centre in Beni, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, March 31, 2019. Picture taken March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Medical stuff and an Ebola survivor treat Ebola patient Ibrahim Mupalalo inside the Biosecure Emergency Care Unit (CUBE) at the ALIMA (The Alliance for International Medical Action) Ebola treatment centre in Beni, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, March 31, 2019. Picture taken March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

The World Health Organisation says Rwanda has started vaccination of health workers against Ebola despite there being no confirmed cases of the virus.

The WHO had previously warned that the current outbreak in the DR Congo poses a high risk of introduction into neighbouring countries, including Rwanda.

Two Rwandan border districts with the DR Congo, Rubavu and Gisenyi, were identified as high risk. The urban district of Kicukiro, where an international airport is located, was also flagged.

Ebola screening is currently being done at all border posts to Rwanda including the high risk zones.

The WHO has expressed its confidence in the ability of Rwanda’s ability to cope with a possible outbreak of the virus.

The current outbreak of Ebola has seen 1,264 confirmed and probable cases and 814 deaths since it was declared last August.

More than 100 cases were confirmed last week.

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