South Africans Woke Up To Fears That Ebola Is On Our Border

South Africans Woke Up To Fears That Ebola Is On Our Border
Health personnel work inside the ‘red zone’ of an Ebola treatment centre in Butembo / Photo file: Screengrab

South Africans woke up to fears that Ebola is on our fringe, just for this to be a false alert.

A lady who showed indications of the Ebola infection at the Ficksburg border was falsely confirmed to have contracted the disease after the journalists reported on this on Thursday morning.

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It was later revealed to have been a  “simulation exercise”. Journalists published an update that the Lesotho wellbeing service would give a report on the reproduction later today.

The lady supposedly said she had come into contact with a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national while in South Africa.

Wellbeing authorities in Lesotho at that point disclosed to journalists that tests directed in Johannesburg confirmed that the lady tested positive for the Ebola infection. They also disclosed to journalists that details would be provided later.

Journalists then revealed that it was actually all a simulation exercise.

The International Health Regulations (IHR) in Lesotho said in an explanation that there had been an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) practice recreation on November 13 between the border entryways of Ficksburg and Maputsoe.

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“This was first Small Scale Field Simulation Exercise (SSFX) conducted to test the preparedness and response to the PHEIC,” they said in their statement.

It was supposedly undertaken to test capacities.

“The IHR office, therefore, wishes to inform the public and all other stakeholders that the minister of health will release a statement to address the outcomes of the simulation exercise … in Leribe,” the IHR said

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday that it has prequalified the principal Ebola immunization, a “critical step” towards licensing, access and roll-out in countries most at risk of deadly outbreaks, such as the DRC.

“This is a historic step towards ensuring the people who most need it are able to access this life-saving vaccine,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

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“Five years ago, we had no vaccine and no therapeutics for Ebola. With a prequalified vaccine and experimental therapeutics, Ebola is now preventable and treatable.”

The antibody prequalification was quickened by exploring wellbeing and adequacy information as data is made accessible, which Dr Tredos said was the consequence of the worldwide network’s purposeful exertion to “organize the wellbeing needs of helpless individuals”.

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