South Sudan to begin Ebola vaccinations as 'very high risk'

The World Health Organisation says Ebola vaccinations soon will begin in South Sudan as the country is at "very high risk" in the current outbreak based in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

A statement says South Sudan's health ministry will begin vaccinating some health workers and other frontline workers in the capital, Juba, on December 19.

No Ebola cases have been reported in South Sudan or any of DRC's neighbours in this outbreak, which is now the second-deadliest in history. Vaccinations began earlier in Uganda.

More than 40 000 people have received the experimental but promising Ebola vaccine in this outbreak. The WHO statement says more than 2 000 doses have been allocated to South Sudan.

DRC's health ministry says this outbreak has almost reached 500 cases: 494, including 446 confirmed with 235 confirmed deaths.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are your thoughts on the possibility of having permanent Stage 2 or 3 load shedding?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I'll take that over constant schedule changes
13% - 1616 votes
Why are we normalising Eskom’s mess?
72% - 8904 votes
I've already found alternative ways of powering my home/business
15% - 1814 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.66
-1.0%
Rand - Pound
21.22
-0.8%
Rand - Euro
18.94
-0.2%
Rand - Aus dollar
12.15
-0.5%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.0%
Platinum
970.40
-0.3%
Palladium
1,602.79
-1.8%
Gold
1,866.48
-0.2%
Silver
22.23
-0.6%
Brent Crude
79.94
-2.8%
Top 40
73,489
-0.8%
All Share
79,583
-0.8%
Resource 10
74,088
-1.5%
Industrial 25
103,121
-0.3%
Financial 15
16,377
-1.1%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE