WHO unveils plan to deal with Ebola in Ivory Coast

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the tracing of people who came into contact with Ivory Coast’s first Ebola case in 25 years has been completed.

The woman travelled across the country for five days on arrival from Guinea before she was confirmed to have contracted Ebola, the WHO’s representative in Ivory Coast Dr Jean-Marie Yameogo told the BBC’s Newsday programme.

“So far we know where the bus stopped and the number of people who were getting in and out and in the end we had 32 contacts,” Dr Yameogo said.

The WHO representative said if the contact persons do not show any symptoms they will be vaccinated and if any show signs of the disease then they would proceed to “case management” at the Ebola treatment centres.

Between 2013 and 2016 more than 11,000 people died in the Ebola epidemic that affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

In response, vaccines were developed and were later used to fight outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea.

About 5,000 Ebola vaccines doses sent to fight the outbreak in Guinea are now being transferred to Ivory Coast.

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