Uganda to vaccinate workers against Ebola
UGANDA - Uganda will begin vaccinating frontline health workers against Ebola next week as the threat increases of the deadly virus spreading from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, the health minister said on Friday. An outbreak of Ebola in the DRC has claimed 180 lives so far, and with high numbers of people moving across the border "the public health risk of cross-border transmission of ebola to Uganda was assessed to be very high", according to minister Jane Ruth Aceng. "Compassionate use of the ebola vaccine for healthcare and frontline workers, will begin tomorrow, she told journalists. It will be the first time the vaccine is used in a country not in the midst of an active ebola outbreak.