Congo Confirms 14 More Ebola Virus Cases

Health care workers inside a USAID-funded Ebola clinic with their Ebola virus protective gear in Liberia

Health care workers inside a USAID-funded Ebola clinic with their Ebola virus protective gear in Liberia

These would be given as a priority to people in Mbandaka who had been in contact with those suspected of carrying the Ebola virus before people in any other affected area, Mr Salama said.

Until now, the outbreak was confined to remote areas, where Ebola, which is spread by bodily fluids, travels more slowly.

"This puts a whole different lens on this outbreak and gives us increased urgency to move very quickly into Mbandaka to stop this new first sign of transmission", he said.

Geneva - The World Health Organisation has raised its assessment of the public health risk that the Democratic Republic of Congo faces from Ebola.

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Later on Friday, the WHO will convene an Emergency Committee of experts to advise on the worldwide response to the outbreak, and decide whether it constitutes a "public health emergency of global concern".

Mbandaka, a city of nearly 1.2 million people, is in a busy travel corridor in Congo's northwest Equateur province and is upstream from the capital, Kinshasa, a city of about 10 million. "Urban Ebola can result in an exponential increase in cases in a way that rural Ebola struggles to do". It will also cover communication with affected communities on risks and what behaviour to take to prevent the spread of the disease including psycho-social support and preparedness for safe and dignified burials.

A government statement late on Thursday said the 11 new confirmed cases and one new related death were reported in the town of Bikoro in Equateur, where the Ebola outbreak was officially announced on May 8 by authorities.

The WHO has deployed doses of the experimental vaccine along with emergency teams and equipment Congo. World Health Organization says that the vaccinations will be administered soon in the coming weekend.

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The Health Ministry also informed that the vaccine which is still not licensed but proved effective during limited trials in West Africa will go in use from the weekend.

With the poor infrastructure and electricity supply in Congo, the only challenge that remains with the vaccine is that it has to store it in a cold temperature.

WHO said health workers had identified 430 people who may have had contact with the disease and were working to trace more than 4,000 contacts of Ebola patients who had spread across north-west DR Congo.

"The European Commission has announced a package of urgent humanitarian aid to help contain an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo". As long as humans come in contact with them, there is always a possibility that Ebola could return.

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