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Ebola vaccine arrives in DR Congo amid outbreak

Ebola vaccine arrives in DR Congo amid outbreak Ebola vaccine arrives in DR Congo amid outbreak
Patty Aguilar | 17 May, 2018, 15:01

"One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the 3 health zones of Mbandaka, a city of almost 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo", the UN's health agency said in a statement.

So far, 23 deaths have been recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo's latest Ebola outbreak, the ninth since the disease made its first-known appearance near its northern Ebola river in the 1970s.

African Union (AU) sent today a health team to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to monitor the situation and the country " s required level of support to stop Ebola outbreak.

Geneva/ Kinshasa: The first batch of 4,000 experimental Ebola vaccines to combat an outbreak suspected of killing 23 people arrived in Congo's capital Kinshasa on Wednesday.

They stated that this would make the outbreak harder to tackle. He said epidemiologists are working to identify additional contacts to the 500 already identified.

Kalenga added that the authorities were tracing all air, river, and road routes in and out of the city in order to trace the source of the virus.

The BBC reports, "Ebola is a serious infectious illness that causes internal bleeding and often proves fatal".

Health Ministry said vaccinations would start at weekend, first time vaccine would come into use since it was developed two years ago.

This new case is linked with the epicenter of the epidemic in Equateur province, east of Lake Tumba, and it is in addition to the 42 people who have presented symptoms of hemorrhagic fever in Bikoro district-including two confirmed as Ebola, 20 probable, and 20 suspected cases.

The World Health Organization says more doses "should be deployed in the coming days".

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