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Ebola: WHO Director General Arrives Kinshasa To Assess Needs For Curtailment

14 May 2018, 09:40 | Melissa Porter

UPDATE 1-Congo, UN deploy specialists to tackle Ebola epidemic

This comes days after the first confirmed death in the Democratic Republic of Congo which also has 11 known sufferers (a health worker

Three health care workers were also among 19 deaths, the WHO said in a statement.

Doctor Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on a two-visit to DR Congo, said the suspected new case was in Bikoro, at the centre of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country's northwest, where so far 18 people have died.

"This outbreak is very close to the Republic of Congo and Central African Republic. We need to be prepared for all scenarios", he added.

Although the DRC outbreak is of a different strain, the experimental vaccine is still thought to be safe and effective. The 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa involved major urban areas as well as rural ones. In addition to an importation license, the World Health Organization needs formal agreement on the research protocols with the government and local ethical review board approval for reasons of liability, and legal and insurance issues associated with use of experimental products, he added.

WHO's Africa director, Matshidiso Moeti, told Reuters on Sunday: "We're working on the deployment of these materials, especially readying the cold chain. This is a highly complex sophisticated operation in one of the most hard terrains on Earth", Salama said.

The Democratic Republic of Congo will allow a Canadian-developed experimental vaccine in to the country to combat the recent outbreak of Ebola.

"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". Bikoro hospital has sealed off a ward to diagnose suspected Ebola patients and provide treatment, according to UNICEF.

The declaration followed laboratory results that confirmed two cases of the disease.

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