Ivory Coast begins Ebola jabs after confirmed case

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Ivory Coast has begun a vaccination programme against Ebola after the country confirmed its first case since 1994 according to the health ministry.

It said the family of the infected teenager and health workers involved were the first to be given the jab.

Health official Serge Ehole said on Monday that they planned to have vaccinated by Wednesday “all the 2,000 people that we consider exposed from the community, and also people from the health system and security.”

The infected teenager tested positive on Saturday after arriving in the commercial hub, Abidjan, on a bus from neighbouring Guinea.

Ebola causes severe fever and, in the worst cases, unstoppable bleeding.


BBC/ Wunmi Shittu

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