It has been announced by the world health organization, GENEVA that the ebola victims have been increased with the rise of 10,000 Ebola cases in West Africa. It has been pointed out that Guinea, Libera, and Sierra Leone are the three countries that account for about 9,936 cases and remain as the epicenter for the world’s worst ever Ebola Epidemic. “It has already claimed the life of 4,877 victims and this tropical fever which has no licensed treatment or vaccine may be at its peak during the coming months if it is not arrested” the researchers around the World pin-pointed.
The above figures have been released when the WHO in Geneva conducted its third round of emergency talks on Ebola on Wednesday, the 22nd of October. The talks for combating this tropical fever will be ended with a press conference to be conducted on Thursday.
The sources say that the talks are expected to last for two days. In the meanwhile an experimental dose of rVSV vaccine has been brought at the Geneva University Hospital from Canada. The WHO is concerned with the task of co-coordinating the varied trials of the vaccine in Germany, Gabon, and Kenya.
The present Vaccine, formulated at the prestigious National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg remains as one of the two experimental Ebola vaccines that has been showing significant and positive results when tested on monkeys.
Though there exist hectic movements from the governments of many countries to push these vaccines for the real-world use, WHO assistant director General Marie-Paule Kieny pointed out that the goal was to be able to ship initial supplies to Africa by early 2015, though mass vaccination campaigns are not yet on the cards.
In this situation, the American Institute if Health informed that they have begun a clinical trial of a vaccine for 39 people. However, even if successful, the vaccine won’t be available till the next year.
In the meanwhile a US Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson proclaimed that it is ready to spend $200 million to make room for the acceleration of Ebola vaccine program that is already in development.
A notable point to be considered is to help and safe guard the life of health workers against Ebola. Already some 240 have died so far as they strive to care for desperate patients.. The Red Cross said it would be at least four months before the epidemic is contained, but only if all necessary steps are taken. It will be possible, as it was possible in the past, to contain this epidemic within four to six months" if the response is adequate, said Elhadj ASSY the chief of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
The latest death toll was announced on the same day as the United States tightened up its screening process for people entering the country from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, announcing that travelers from the three countries would definitely undergo "active monitoring" for signs of the virus for 21 days. The travelers will be daily asked to carry out self-checks.