The world has just recovered from the worst epidemic of Ebola virus. While the struggles were high, people learned a lot of quality lessons in the meantime as well. As a consequence, health experts were pleased to announce that with today’s knowledge and vaccines it would be far easier for humanity to mitigate the next inevitable Ebola outbreaks.
Two Vaccines and Better Health Protocols Will Keep Next Inevitable Ebola Outbreaks in Check
As of recently, there was a special event that took place in Conakry. This is where authorities of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia invited everyone who contributed to the extirpation of 2013-2016 epidemic in West Africa. Among participants, there were also scientists who created the vaccine for Ebola. The World Health Organization claimed that the outbreak caused 11,300 casualties and infected other 28,600 victims across three countries.
However, even though the two-year-old health crisis had an extended negative impact, it was also a valuable lesson for authorities and professionals. Marie-Paule Kieny, who is the assistant director-general at WHO, claimed that people would not allow the next inevitable Ebola outbreaks to take similar proportions ever again. At the moment, there are better health protocols and greater awareness in place in regards to this condition. Moreover, scientists are already finishing the last trials for two promising vaccines.
“It is important to take stock of the successes and also failures of the Ebola response to avoid complacency.”
The Learnt Lessons Can Be Applied for Similar Diseases
Experts are still debating the best vaccination approach for various groups that present higher risks of Ebola infection. At the same time, health professionals are welcoming the creation of two different types of vaccines. Once they prove their success rate, these solutions can provide different approaches to mitigate an outbreak. Moreover, authorities and scientists alike are confident that the lessons they received from this four-year-old epidemic would constitute valuable strategies to tackle outbreaks of similar diseases.
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