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Ebola outbreak in Congo reaches metropolis of Mbandaka as experimental vaccine arrives from World Well being Group

KINSHASA, Congo — Congo’s well being minister says Ebola has unfold to a metropolis, the capital of Equateur province, a worrying shift within the new outbreak within the northwest of the nation. Well being Minister Oly Ilunga late Wednesday stated two suspected circumstances of hemorrhagic fever had been reported within the Wangata well being zones, which incorporates Mbandaka metropolis, about 93 miles from Bikoro, the agricultural space the place the outbreak started.

He stated one pattern proved optimistic for the lethal Ebola virus, bringing to 3 the variety of confirmed Ebola circumstances in three well being zones.

Ilunga stated Congo now’s getting into an city part of the outbreak, with greater unfold potential. He stated epidemiologists are working to determine extra contacts to the 500 already recognized.

Congo has reported 23 deaths among the many 42 suspected, possible and confirmed circumstances.

Hundreds of doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine arrived in Congo’s capital this week, the well being ministry stated Wednesday. The four,000 doses had been to be despatched to the distant northwest, the place the outbreak is centered, spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga stated. An extra four,000 doses could be deployed within the coming days with extra obtainable if wanted, the World Well being Group (WHO) stated. 

“Crucial factor is to cease the unfold of the illness, and to that finish, what they should do is monitor down all people — individuals who have contracted Ebola and even died from Ebola,” CBS Information international correspondent Debora Patta reviews.

WHO stated it’s going to use the “ring vaccination” methodology, which includes vaccinating voluntary contacts, contacts of these contacts and well being care and different front-line employees. Well being employees could be among the many first to obtain vaccinations, based on Ilunga. 

Three nurses are among the many suspected circumstances, and one is among the many lifeless.  

The experimental vaccine has been proven to be extremely efficient in opposition to Ebola. It was examined in Guinea in 2015 through the outbreak that killed greater than 11,300 individuals in West Africa from 2014 to 2016. 

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