Ebola vaccine arrives in DR Congo amid outbreak

Ebola outbreak stokes fears as bug spreads to city

Ebola outbreak stokes fears as bug spreads to city

So far, 23 people are known to have died while 42 others have been infected since the outbreak started earlier this month.

According to the report, Health minister Oly Ilunga late on Wednesday said that two suspected cases of haemorrhagic fever were reported in the Wangata health zones, which includes Mbandaka city, about 150 kilometres (93 miles) from Bikoro, the rural area where the outbreak began.

The 2014-16 West Africa outbreak, which killed 11,300 people, was particularly deadly because it spread to the capital cities of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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They would be kept in Kinshasa until a refrigerated transportation chain could be guaranteed.

The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced the finding, after laboratory tests conducted by the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) confirmed one specimen as positive for EVD.

The world body also says 19 deaths have also been recorded within that period with 393 people who have been identified as contacts of Ebola patients were being followed up.

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He said authorities would intensify population tracing at all air, river and road routes out of the city.

Senior World Health Organization (WHO) official, Peter Salama, said the spread to Mbandaka meant there was the potential for an "explosive increase" in cases.

This is the ninth time that the DRC has been dealing with the Ebola epidemic since 1976.

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The WHO has also exported over 4000 doses of experimental vaccine to affected areas in Congo, with more aid expected soon, said the report. It will be reserved for people suspected of coming in contact with the disease.

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