DRC approves use of experimental Ebola vaccine, World Health Organization says

Health officials are preparing for the'worst Ebola outbreak yet

DRC approves use of experimental Ebola vaccine, World Health Organization says

"Our top priority is to get to Bikoro to work alongside the Government of the DRC and partners to reduce the loss of life and suffering related to this new Ebola virus disease outbreak", said Dr Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General, Emergency Preparedness and Response. Five samples were collected from five patients and two have been confirmed by the laboratory.

"I congratulate the Government of DR Congo for the speed with which it declared the outbreak"' said Dr Moeti". "We need to be prepared for all scenarios", he added. A 2016 study found it to be 100% effective in trials in Guinea in coordination with the country's Ministry of Health after the 2014-15 outbreak.

Nineteen deaths were also reported in the region.

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The WHO said it has obtained 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccine and is preparing for deployment in the DRC, its Africa director said on Sunday.

Ebola is one of the world's most notorious diseases, being both highly infectious and extremely lethal.

"We know what we need to do, but we must do it quickly", Fall said.

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"The anxiety expressed by the health minister was enough for every right-thinking Nigerian to cancel all engagements with citizens of that country until the World Health Organisation (WHO) declares DRC free from Ebola". The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.

As of Friday, 34 Ebola cases have been reported in the area in the past five weeks, including two confirmed, 18 probable (deceased) and 14 suspected cases. On average, about 50% of people who become ill with Ebola die.

Médecins Sans Frontières has set up four five-bed mobile isolation units to increase the hospital bed capacity in Bikoro, which is now 15 beds.

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