Congo's Ebola outbreak in 'new phase' after urban case

Leslie Hanson
May 17, 2018

The Ebola outbreak in Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly hard to control.

Oly Ilunga Kalenga said a case of the virus was detected in Mbandaka, a city with a population of about 1 million people. They would be kept in Kinshasa until a refrigerated transportation chain could be guaranteed.

Out of the 20 persons died in DRC, 3 are health workers, Director of the Center John Nkengasong said.

Apart from this, the virus outbreak occurred in an area with a traffic of about 7,000 persons a week by different means, which represents a significant risk of further spread, the health official stressed.

12 2018 health workers don protective clothing as they prepare to attend to patients in the isolation ward to diagnose and treat suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital in Bikoro the rural area where the Ebola out
First confirmed urban Ebola case is a 'game changer' in Congo outbreak

On Wednesday more than 4,000 doses of an experimental vaccine sent by the World Health Organisation (WHO) arrived in the country with another batch expected soon.

It needs to be stored at a temperature of between -60 and -80 C. Electricity supplies in Congo are unreliable.

The experimental vaccines were developed two years ago following the deaths of 11,300 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in a 2014-2016 outbreak that was the deadliest in the virus' history.


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