News / Ebola updated module now freely available!

Health[e]Foundation is pleased to announce that the Ebola module, originally written in 2014 as an informative response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, is updated according to the latest developments.

The direct motive for the current update is the ongoing epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since August 2018. The first version of the module was written by Dr Jerald Sadoff (JnJ) and is updated by Dr Galit Alter. Dr Alter is Professor of Medicine at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. Her research is focused on immunity against infectious diseases that ravage the globe and therefore the perfect person to introduce us in the new developments in the fight against Ebola.

The module is written to understand more about the Ebola virus: How it spreads, how it can be controlled, the clinical symptoms and current and potential treatment. Since a vaccine will be the answer to prevent outbreaks new experimental vaccines are also discussed.

At the moment in the DRC the Ebola vaccine campaign is intensified as cases mount rapidly. The campaign will promote and expand the use of the experimental Ebola vaccine that more than 110,000 have already received in an attempt to try to stop the unusually stubborn outbreak of the disease. New vaccination strategies will attempt to reduce the safety risks faced by health care workers in the outbreak region.

In the neighbouring country, Uganda, one continues its prevention strategies in the fight against Ebola; more than 4,500 frontline and healthcare workers have been vaccinated in 165 health facilities. On June 9 a 5-year-old Congolese child travelled across the border with his family and sought medical care in Uganda. The boy was diagnosed with Ebola and died overnight. His 50-year-old grandmother was also diagnosed with the virus, and died a day later. Now the boy’s 3-year-old brother is being treated for the virus near the border. Currently no new cases are reported in Uganda.

Our motto: Knowledge is key to prevention. To start the new informative module please click here!

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