With the rising widespread of Ebola within the East African region, Burundi has started taking precautionary measures to curb the growing menace. The World Health Organization (WHO) disclosed that it had begun vaccinating frontline workers against Ebola.

Burundi which shares a border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has received doses of the Recombinant vesicular stomatitis Virus-Zaire Ebola virus (RVSV-ZEBOV) vaccine. The RVSV-ZEBOV has been clinically proven (though unlicensed) to be effective against the virus.

“The vaccination of health and frontline staff is a significant step forward in preparing for the response to this disease,” said the WHO representative in Burundi, Dr Kazadi Mulombo

The fast spread of this virus, which has reportedly killed 1,800 people in the DRC has called for urgent medical attention by all states within the region.

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