Seven Healthcare Works Have Died During Sudan Ebolavirus Outbreak
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) recently reported there had been 141 confirmed cases of Sudan Ebolavirus (SUDV) disease, including 55 related fatalities (39%) during the Republic of Uganda's outbreak.
Furthermore, 22 probable cases died before samples were obtained for confirmation.
Since September 2022, at least 19 healthcare workers have been infected, of whom seven passed away.
According to ECDC, over 4,100 contacts of SUDV cases have been identified across 15 districts, of which 3,129 contacts have completed 21 days of follow-up.
Outbreaks caused by SUDV have previously occurred in Uganda (four outbreaks) and the neighboring country of Sudan (three outbreaks). The last SUDV outbreak in Uganda was reported in 2012
Considering that the probability of exposure to SUDV is very low, the overall current risk for EU/EEA citizens living or traveling to affected areas in Uganda is considered low, says the ECDC.
However, both the U.K. and U.S. governments are screening airline passengers for SUDV upon arrival.
The U.S. CDC last updated its Alert - Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions notice on November 15, 2022.
The CDC says to avoid non-essential travel to these regions in Uganda.
As of November 20, 2022, the U.S. FDA has not approved a SUDV preventive vaccine. Vaccine candidates are scheduled to be tested in Uganda in late 2022.
Other Sudan Ebolavirus outbreak news is posted at Vax-Before-Travel.com/Ebola.
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