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Congo starts vaccinating health workers against Ebola

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 9, 2018 15:24

Congo starts vaccinating health workers against Ebola

Congolese officials and the World Health Organization began vaccinating health workers against the deadly Ebola virus , to try to halt an outbreak in Congo’s volatile east. Health workers in protective suits in Mangina, the village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where the epidemic was declared, administered the injections.

A WHO spokesman said they expected to vaccinate around 40.So far 43 people are believed to have been infected in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, including 36 who have died.More than 900 contacts of those infected have been identified for monitoring, although security is an issue in the area where militia groups operate, WHO said.WHO has said that analysis of genetic sequencing showed it was a separate outbreak from the one 2,500 km away in the northwest that ended less than two weeks ago after killing 33 people — but the same Zaire strain.

The experimental vaccine being used, which is manufactured by Merck, proved successful during its first wide-scale usage against the previous outbreak in Equateur Province. More than 3,000 doses remain in stock in the capital Kinshasa, allowing authorities to deploy them quickly to affected areas.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 9, 2018 15:24