Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Ebola Vaccine Land DR. Congo

Ebola Vaccine Land DR. Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo's efforts to head off an Ebola epidemic is running into obstacles, with the announcement of the first registered urban case.

The deadly Ebola virus is spreading in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

At least 23 people have died in Congo's latest outbreak, which had originally been detected in only rural areas - which would have given health officials a better chance of fencing off the spread of Ebola. "Since the announcement of the alert in Mbandaka, our epidemiologists are working in the field to identify people who have been in contact with suspected cases".

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.

Ebola is a serious infectious illness that causes internal bleeding and often proves fatal.

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Health Ministry said vaccinations would start at weekend, first time vaccine would come into use since it was developed two years ago. He said another 4,000-vaccine batch was expected soon.

The 2014-16 West Africa outbreak, which killed 11,300 people, was particularly deadly because it spread to the capital cities of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

World Health Organization spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said the vaccine would be reserved for people suspected of coming into contact with the disease, and that a second batch of 4000 doses would be sent in coming days.

Forty-four cases have been reported in the outbreak so far, including 3 confirmed, 20 probable and 21 suspected, according to the WHO's tally.

The WHO said it had sent 300 body bags for safe burials in affected communities. The vaccine will be reserved for people suspected of coming into contact with the disease, as well as health workers.

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