The Ministry of Health will monitor the return of displaced health and humanitarian workers to Uganda to Spain, as the Ebola outbreak that has left 141 infections and 55 deaths since September appears to have subsided and the risks for EU countries remain “extremely low”. .
However, the Coordination Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES) monitors the situation on a daily basis through epidemiological intelligence activities and continues to review existing protocols for work and infection management, as well as health and hospital capacities in order to manage potential imported cases, including coordination with a network of units. High level insulation.
CCAES states in the situation report it was updated on Monday, that it has contacted NGOs for updated information on health workers and other humanitarian aid professionals who have been or will be assigned to affected areas and to establish their monitoring once. They have returned to Spain.
As it did in its first report on 8 November, it continues to consider that the potential for exposure among EU/EEA nationals living in or traveling to affected areas of Uganda is “very low” and that the population impact of the disease and the current risk to them are “low”.
The most likely route of introduction of the virus into these countries, including Spain, is through infected people coming from affected areas or from medical evacuations of cases.
This is what happened, for example, in 2014 with the religious Miguel Pajares or Manuel García Vigo, who died a few days after he was taken to Spain from Liberia; The nurse who treated the second, Teresa Romero, became infected.
That particular outbreak, which lasted until 2016 and mainly affected Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, was the most widespread and complex to date, with more than 28,600 cases and 11,325 deaths.
As of now, the probability of secondary transmission and the emergence of sustainable chains of transmission is “very low” because, “likely”, cases will be quickly identified and isolated and appropriate measures will be put in place to implement follow-up.
As of November 22, 141 cases linked to this outbreak have been confirmed, including 55 deaths, seven of them health workers; In addition, 21 deaths of people linked to a confirmed case from which samples could not be taken were recorded. Of the 4,654 identified contacts, 78% completed the 21-day follow-up.
However, CCAES notes that the impact on EU/EEA nationals living in this area is “low” and that, in general, “the current risk for EU/EEA nationals is considered to be very low”.
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