Ebola Outbreak Returns To Africa: 42 Infected, 23 Killed In Congo


"In our experience, for each confirmed case of Ebola there are about 100-150 contacts and contacts of contacts eligible for vaccination", Jasarevic said. This brings to three the number of confirmed Ebola cases. Two brothers in Mbandaka who recently visited the outbreak's starting point in Bikoro town are probable cases, with samples awaiting laboratory confirmation.

"We are refore entering a new phase of Ebola epidemic, which now affects three sanitary zones, one of m urban".

This vaccine was developed to help protect people who have not yet been infected with Ebola.

She says health experts have identified 500 contacts who are now being traced. While a multi-pronged approach should be employed, the emphasis must be on ongoing and comprehensive surveillance, contact tracing, isolation and quarantining, and of course, culturally sensitive health education, and the provision of supportive therapy.

The health ministry has said vaccinations for local health workers and come contacts of people who have had Ebola can start by early next week. Additional doses should be deployed in the coming days to #DRC.

Thousands of doses of Ebola vaccine have arrived the Democratic Republic of Congo, as the country battles outbreak of the disease.

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"This is a major development in the outbreak", said Peter Salama, the WHO's Deputy Director-General of Emergency Preparedness and Response.

World Health Organization said it has deployed 30 experts for surveillance in Mbandaka.

It killed more than 11,300 people and infected 28,600, nearly in the three worst affected nations - more cases and more deaths than in all previous outbreaks combined.

Although there is an unlicensed vaccine from pharmaceutical firm Merck which has shown to be effective in limited trials, it needs to be stored at temperatures between -60 and -80 C, which is hard due to irregular electricity supply in the Congo.

The Health Ministry also informed that the vaccine which is still not licensed but proved effective during limited trials in West Africa will go in use from the weekend.

This is ninth Ebola outbreak affecting Democratic Republic of Congo since virus was discovered in 1976 in this country, when it was n called Zaire. "There are ongoing preparations to start the ring vaccination as soon as possible", the World Health Organization tweeted.