Ebola outbreak: World Health Organization gets approval to use experimental vaccine in DRC

Health officials are preparing for the'worst Ebola outbreak yet

Health officials are preparing for the'worst Ebola outbreak yet

"This will be tough and it will be costly".

The virus is caused by one of five Ebola viruses was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 3 May, 39 suspected cases have been reported, two of which have been laboratory confirmed. It is a hemorrhagic fever, marked by spontaneous bleeding from internal organs and, in most cases, death.

It said 393 people who identified as contacts of Ebola patients were being followed up.

The WHO is planning to begin a vaccination campaign in the area, near the border with the Republic of Congo, using an available stockpile of an experimental vaccine.

"I just arrived in Kinshasa, DR Congo with the Regional Director for Africa, Dr Moeti Matshidiso and the WHO Deputy Director-General, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Dr Pete Salama". Cases have been confirmed in Bikoro health zone, with further suspected cases reported in Ingende and Iboko health zones as as well as in Waganta health area in the provincial capital Mbandaka. But he said any country facing such a threat may require worldwide assistance.

There have been 24 recorded outbreaks in west and central Africa, including in DRC, Uganda, Sudan and Gabon, the BBC report added. Early supportive care with rehydration and treatment of specific symptoms can improve survival. World Health Organization plans to deploy epidemiologists, logisticians, clinicians, infection prevention and control experts, risk communications experts and vaccination support teams in the coming days.

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