Thousands of doses of Ebola vaccine arrive in DRC

Ebola outbreak spreads to urban area as deaths mount

One new laboratory-confirmed case was reported today in Mbandaka, a busy port city on the Congo river with a population of more than a million.

Apart from this, the virus outbreak occurred in an area with a traffic of about 7,000 persons a week by different means, which represents a significant risk of further spread, the health official stressed.

Congo's health minister says Ebola has spread to a city, the capital of Equateur province, a worrying shift in the new outbreak in the northwest.

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

Hence, it is essential that the central government - despite being weak - works with local institutions, the World Health Organizations, appropriate charities, and obtains knowledge from institutions and individuals who helped during the 2014-2016 crisis that blighted parts of West Africa.

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

"In our experience, for each confirmed case of Ebola there are about 100-150 contacts and contacts of contacts eligible for vaccination", Jasarevic said. He said epidemiologists are working to identify additional contacts to the 500 already identified.

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 vaccine requires storage at a temperature between -60 and -80 degrees C, tricky in a country with unreliable electricity. Teams are also setting up two Ebola treatment centers (ETCs) in Mbandaka and Bikoro with 20 beds each.

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