To help control the country's latest outbreak, the World Health Organization has shipped it 4,000 doses of an experimental, but reportedly highly-effective, Ebola vaccine. "We should be on the alert", he said.
"The Senate is disturbed that recent reports of media outlets and the World Health Organisation show that the disease is back in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo with 19 dead and 39 casualties recorded so far". "All is ready now, to use it".
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"The vaccination campaign starts next week, everything depends on the logistics because the vaccine must be kept at minus 60 degrees Celsius, and we need to assure that the cold chain is assured from Geneva to Bikoro", she said. "The remaining 12 cases are suspected..."
Of the 20 people who died in the DRC, three are health workers, said the director, adding that the outbreak has also occurred in a remote part of the country, challenging deployment of health workers and the necessary supplies, which has made the situation a big concern.
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This is the DRC's ninth EVD outbreak since the virus was discovered in the country in 1976. The last outbreak that was announced a year ago, was contained and declared over by July 2017. It was tested in West - Africa in 2015 during an Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,300 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The vaccine was developed by the Canadian government and is now licensed to the US -based Merck.
"Majority of the cases are in the health zone of Bikoro; others are reported in the health zones of Iboko and Wangata".
WHO is working with Congo's government and other worldwide organizations, including Medecins Sans Frontieres, to strengthen coordination to fight and contain the Ebola outbreak.