Experimental vaccine approved for use 'against' Ebola virus in Congo

WHO gets approval to use Ebola vaccine in DRC

The outbreak, which is believed to have started at least five weeks ago, was officially declared on May 8 after the DRC health ministry confirmed two positive tests from among a number of suspected Ebola cases in Bikoro and a village called Ikoko-Impenge, about 40 miles away.

From April 4 through May 13, 2018, a total of 39 cases have been reported, including three healthcare workers and 19 deaths.

By the time the Ebola outbreak was recognized in Guinea in March 2014, almost 60 people had already died. The cases are being reported from remote locations that are hard to access.

Ghebreyesus said he has traveled to the remote area to assess health needs. Weller cited an Ebola outbreak nearly a year ago in the DRC that was contained quickly contained.

This latest outbreak offers a reminder of the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak, which infected more than 28,000 people.

Bikoro's airstrip can not yet accommodate even small aircraft, so the initial response will rely on United Nations helicopters.

The WHO was criticised for bungling its response to that epidemic, and so has moved quickly. "We are planning for all scenarios, including the worst scenario".

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The WHO director-general and Dr. Peter Salama, his deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response, flew to the DRC on Friday for meetings with government officials. That outbreak was later traced back to a single case in Meliandou, Guinea in late December 2013, where an 18-month-old boy died two days after developing flu-like symptoms. A person becomes infected after making contact with an infected animal, such as a fruit bat or primate.

Only 2 cases have been confirmed by laboratory testing, and 25 are probable. The epicenter, a town called Bikoro, is hard to reach by vehicle because of poor roads between it and the regional capital, Mbandaka.

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. By Wednesday or Thursday, the vaccines in Geneva will be sent to the DRC, said Tedros.

"This is an experimental vaccine, not a licensed product, and there are a lot of complications", including ensuring it is stored at the correct temperature, Salama said.

But this epidemic's proximity to the Congo River, a major transport route and lifeline both to Congo's capital, Kinshasa, and to neighbouring Congo Republic's capital, Brazzaville, makes it more likely the virus could break out into a wider area.

World Health Organization says it has alerted countries surrounding DR Congo about the outbreak to enable them to take precautionary measures to prevent spread.

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