Uganda commences its largest-ever Ebola vaccine trial

  • Uganda commences its largest-ever Ebola vaccine trial

Uganda commences its largest-ever Ebola vaccine trial

People travelling across the border for non-essential reasons, such as attending workshops and religious crusades, will need clearance from both governments, according to a statement issued Tuesday following the meeting in Rwanda's western Rubavu province.

Since the latest outbreak was discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a year ago, the disease has killed at least 1,800 people. Any border closure is likely to push travellers to avoid official border posts, where people are checked for signs of fever and other Ebola symptoms.

At the Rwanda border, crossed by an estimated 45 000 people daily, travellers have temperatures taken twice each side. Last Thursday, Rwanda closed its border with DR Congo, but re-opened it eight hours later, after national and worldwide pressure.

Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker reports from the Rwandan border city of Gisenyi. His wife and daughter tested positive for the disease.

Francine Mulangala, who goes door-to-door informing people about Ebola in the Goma neighbourhood where the gold miner lived, was threatened by more than a dozen people demanding to see his body.

A Congolese health worker administers Ebola vaccination to a resident at a centre in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.

WHO declared this outbreak a global health emergency - the fifth in history - days after Goma's first Ebola case was confirmed.

In a separate measure to control the spread of the disease, churches in Rwanda have advised people not to shake hands. Ebola, which is unfolded by close contact with infected bodily fluids, causes hemorrhagic fever, vomiting, and severe diarrhea, usually followed by organ failure and bleeding. Trials of the J&J/Bavarian Nordic vaccine were also placed on hold because of the dwindling number of Ebola cases as the last major outbreak petered away.