Uganda has begun vaccinating health workers on Ebola today because of fears of transmission by a possible virus coming from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where an epidemic has caused 186 deaths.
According to a statement by Uganda's Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, authorities will provide 2,100 vaccines to health workers working near Uganda's western border, a few kilometers from the city of Beni in Congo, the second wave epicenter of the virus.
The Ebola outbreak that has hit the Northeastern Congo since August, identified in troubled Ituri and North Kivu provinces, has added 298 cases – 263 of them confirmed in the laboratory – according to data released by the Congo Ministry of Health.
At the end of September, the World Health Organization (WHO) increased the risk of regional transmission of the Ebola epidemic to "very high", due to various transportation connections and ongoing human exchanges.
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