Ebola Vaccine First Used in Congo Outbreak

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The WHO has yet to declare the outbreak an emergency after hearing from officials in the DRC.

Antho Buka, who sells meat and fish at the Wahi market at a port in Kinshasa said she was surprised residents in Kinshasa are anxious about Ebola, since it is in the northwest Equateur Province.

Prototype vaccine will first be given to frontline health workers and then to people who have been in contact with Ebola cases. "The priority of the government is to ensure that all these courageous health professionals can do their job safely". Yesterday the DRC health ministry said there are 52 cases, 31 confirmed, 13 probable, and 8 suspected.

"UNICEF is scaling up prevention efforts in schools across all three affected health zones, ' he said".

Of the 10 confirmed Ebola deaths, five have occurred in Bikoro, two in Iboko and three in the Wangata area of Mbandaka.

The death toll from hemorrhagic fever stands at 27, with three of them confirmed as Ebola. "But they rely on those other things, and we need to make sure that both are going in parallel".

Allowing Congolese to watch health officials receive vaccinations is crucial, health worker Ezela Elange told The Associated Press.

Georgette Boluka also said that with all the teams going into Bikoro and the Equateur Province to fight Ebola, she hopes it will not spread.

Vaccinators will need to carefully explain that some people who receive the vaccine may still get sick because protection is not immediate or because some of them may already have been infected when they were vaccinated, Berkley said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that a high level mission comprised of ministry of health and WHO visited Yambio, former Western Equatoria State on a sensitization campaign on Tuesday.

The WHO official confirmed that a selective, or "ring vaccination" programme had just begun and that efforts were ongoing to ensure that the Ebola drug could be stored in "ultracold" conditions at between -60 and -80°C. Since the big West African outbreak, the company has gone on to test its vaccine on 5,000 volunteers in 11 separate trials, confirming its safety and ability to generate an immune response. "One of the lessons we learned in our response to other deadly Ebola outbreaks is that complacency can kill".

"We haven't even done the Phase 1 yet", Fauci told Reuters, but added that he was "happy to do it", as long at the trial is done in collaboration with WHO.

The campaign, using an unlicenced vaccine, is only for first responders and anyone who has been in contact with people infected with Ebola, and contacts of those contacts.

"Travel from Mbandaka to Bikoro can take four hours to four days" depending on transportation and if it's raining, he said. The river also runs along the border with the Republic of Congo to the west.

"We are not doing this for a commercial objective", said Paul Stoffels, J&J's Chief Scientific Officer told Reuters in an interview.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Congo warned that the outbreak is far from over.

"The risk of spreading within the country and to neighbouring nations remains real", said Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traore, IFRC's regional director for Africa.

Border health officers monitored passengers arriving at Ngobila Beach in Kinshasa, which serves as the crossing from Brazzaville, Republic of Congo into Congo.

The treatment is made from the antibodies of the survivor of an Ebola outbreak in Kikwit, Congo, in 1995.

Those infected with Ebola can suffer from severe internal bleeding, fever, diarrhea and vomiting.

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