Hundreds of health workers in South Sudan will be given Ebola vaccinations amid fears the virus will spread from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Official statistics show the death toll in the African nation – battling the second biggest Ebola outbreak in history – has reached 285. No cases have been confirmed in neighbouring South Sudan yet, but the country is on ‘high alert’, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 2,000 healthcare and frontline workers in the country will be offered a vaccine to try and stop the spread. Teams of vaccinators are ready to conduct the vaccinations, starting in the capital, Juba, on December 19. The UN Refugee Agency warns there is an influx of Congolese refugees seeking shelter in South Sudan because of conflict in the DRC. Fears that Ebola is spreading from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the death toll has reached 285 as of December 9, to neighbouring countries has lead to a surge in vaccinations. The second biggest outbreak of Ebola has taken the lives of 271 in the Democratic Republic of Congo so far. Pictured, a healthcare worker stands after cleaning a room after an Ebola patient stays in… Read full this story
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