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New Ebola vaccine arrives in Congo, UK says Tanzania safe, U.S. screens for virus

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | November 5, 2019
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The Congolese medical authorities said Saturday they had received the first shipment of a new Ebola vaccine as the central African country battles its second deadliest outbreak of the virus this decade.

The health ministry for the eastern province of North Kivu said that a preliminary batch of 11,000 doses of the new Johnson and Johnson Ad26-ZEBOV-GP vaccine had arrived on Friday.

The UK government on Friday revised its travel advisory that had asked British nationals living in and those travelling to Tanzania to exercise caution.

"Following a probable Ebola-related death in September; as of October 31, 2019, Public Health England believes there is no evidence of ongoing active transmission of Ebola in Tanzania," the UK Foreign Office (FCO) said in a statement.

Washington Dulles International Airport has hired part-time crew to screen travelers for the virus.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health was looking for a public health nurse to supervise a “biothreat response” program. The ad listed Ebola and other potential threats.

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