South Sudan says suspected Ebola victim died in border town of Yambio

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-26 00:34:21|Editor: yan
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JUBA, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan said on Monday that a suspected Ebola victim died last week in Yambio, a border town near the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where the hemorrhagic fever has created a public health crisis since last year.

The latest weekly update from the World Health Organization (WHO) on Ebola virus disease (EVD) preparedness for South Sudan said a 30-year-old man who was presented to Yambio hospital with symptoms of the disease died after vomiting blood on February 21.

It noted that South Sudan's Rapid Response Team on the same day investigated, collected blood samples, listed all contacts, and advised on preventive measures including initiation of safe and dignified burial.

The UN health agency update said since the country launched vaccination of the frontline workers in late January, a total of 748 healthcare and frontline workers from Yei and Yambio have received the vaccine against Ebola.

Noting the vaccination is ongoing in both states, WHO said vaccination will be extended to other high-risk regions in the near future.