Ebola: WHO to convene Emergency meeting in Congo

"One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of almost 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo", the UN's health agency said in a statement. So far, 23 people are known to have died while 42 others have been infected since the outbreak started earlier this month. An additional 4,000 doses would be deployed in the coming days with more available if needed, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

"One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of almost 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo", the UN's health agency said in a statement. They would be kept in Kinshasa until a refrigerated transportation chain could be guaranteed.

The expert committee will decide whether to declare a "public health emergency of global concern", which would trigger more worldwide involvement, mobilising research and resources, Lindmeier said.

He said authorities would intensify population tracing at all air, river and road routes out of the city.

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.

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She says two cases of Ebola are confirmed, 20 are probable and 20 are suspected. He said another 4,000-vaccine batch was expected soon.

Health workers have recorded two confirmed cases, 22 probable cases and 17 suspected cases of Ebola in three health zones of Congo's Equateur province, and identified 432 people who may have had contact with the disease.

Supplies sent to Congo included more than 300 body bags for safe burials in affected communities.

Congo's Ebola outbreak has spread to a city, the capital of the northwestern Equateur province, a worrying shift as the risk of infection is more easily passed on in densely populated urban areas.

  • Marjorie Miles