Congo's health ministry says doses of Ebola vaccine arrive

Maricruz Casares
May 17, 2018

The worst-ever Ebola outbreak started in December 2013 in southern Guinea before spreading to neighboring West African countries Liberia and Sierra Leone, killing more than 11,300 people out of almost 29,000 registered cases.

According to the country's Ministry of Health, the vaccine arrived on Wednesday, after it declared the outbreak in the northwest region near Congo-Brazzaville on May 8.

Humans who come into close contact with the blood, organs and bodily fluids of animals infected with the disease are at risk.

The first urban case to be announced threatens to change that.

Health workers have recorded confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola in three health zones of Congo's Equateur province, and have identified 432 people who may have had contact with the disease. The vaccine will be reserved for people suspected of coming into contact with the disease, as well as health workers.

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Before the latest confirmed case, Peter Salama, the WHO's deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response, said the current number of suspected, probable or confirmed cases stood at 42, with 23 deaths attributed to the outbreak.

The vaccine is complicated to use, requiring storage at a temperature between -60 and -80 degrees Celsius. The Congo Republic is on the other side of the river.

The outbreak was first spotted in the Bikoro zone, which has 31 of the cases and 274 contacts.

The World Health Organisation said it had deployed vaccines in the country and expressed concern about the disease about reaching the city.

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