Ebola Outbreak Grows as Health Officials Begin Vaccination Campaign

Ebola Outbreak Grows as Health Officials Begin Vaccination Campaign

"If we need any more we can ship it within days", he said. "The priority of the government is to ensure that all these fearless health professionals can do their job safely".

Congolese Health Minister Orly Ilunga announced the latest death, according to the AP, and said other cases being monitored include 49 hemorrhagic fever cases, 22 confirmed as Ebola, 21 probable, and six suspected.

Congo health officials are encouraging people to wash their hands, to touch each other as little as possible and to avoid meat that is potentially infected, Al Jazeera reported.

The outbreak began in rural northwestern DRC in a remote location called Bikoro, about 150 kilometres (90 miles) away. Under Article 6 (f) relating to its mandate with regard to humanitarian action and disaster management the Council can authorise deployment of military and civilian missions and assets to tackle emergency situations as it did in August 2014 in the Ebola outbreak in the West Africa sub-region.

"Our hope is that. the sick will heal, the whole province will be healed", Elange said.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, described implementing the Ebola ring vaccination as a complex procedure.

The health authorities on Monday began administering a prototype vaccine to a small number of health workers in Mbandaka, as part of the campaign to contain and roll back the disease.

Two more people have reportedly died from the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A major transport hub, the city is located upstream from the DRC capital Kinshasa and Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, and downstream from Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, one of the poorest countries in the world. Hundreds of people who have been in contact with infected individuals, as well as contacts of contacts, have been identified to be vaccinated, the World Health Organization said.

"Travel from Mbandaka to Bikoro can take four hours to four days" depending on transportation and if it's raining, he said.

Members of a Red Cross team don protective clothing before heading out to look for suspected victims of Ebola, in Mbandaka, Congo.

On Thursday, the organization said that five new cases had been registered in the city of Mbandaka, which has a population of approximately 1.5 million people.

He said there will be no declaration of the outbreak as a public health emergency of worldwide concern even though the situation remains serious.

"Our experience with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa taught us that while the presence of the disease can cause massive damage and even worldwide panic, if the global aid community works together with the government and local partners, there is hope that an outbreak can be stopped in its tracks".

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