World Health Organization rushes ebola vaccine to Congo

World Today

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is not yet being called a global emergency. But the World Health Organization has raised the risk level from “high” to “very high” after two more people died. CGTN’s Robert Nagila reports.

The latests figures indicate At least 45 people are believed to have been infected in the latest outbreak with 25 deaths now under investigation.

Cases have been reported in a rural area in the north west of the country, with one now confirmed in the city of Mbandaka.

On Wednesday, more than 4,000 doses of an experimental vaccine sent by the World Health Organization arrived in Kinshasa, with more expected soon

The vaccine is unlicensed, but was effective in limited trials during the West Africa outbreak.

WHO says health workers have identified 430 people who may have had contact with the disease.

They’re working to trace over 4,000 contacts of Ebola patients across northwestern DR Congo.