World Health Organization develops experimental Ebola vaccine

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World Health Organization develops experimental Ebola vaccine

This is the country's ninth known outbreak of Ebola since 1976, when the disease was first identified in then-Zaire by a Belgian-led team. "Working with partners and responding early and in a coordinated way will be vital to containing this deadly disease". So far, 21 people have been reported to have hemorrhagic fever - a symptom of Ebola - of whom 17 have died.

The Kenyan Government has upped screening tests at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and other points of entry as a precautionary measure following an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a joint statement from the ministries of Health and Tourism said on Friday.

The CDC says health care providers caring for Ebola patients are at the highest risk.

Eleven people are now confirmed to be infected with the highly infectious virus in the DRC, including three medical staff. More than 450 million people are residing in areas affected from Ebola viruses and majority come under rural section.

Prevention includes limiting the spread of the disease from infected animals to humans.

"The problem here is that we already have three separate locations that are reporting cases that cover as much as 60km and maybe more", Salama with World Health Organization said.

The worst-ever Ebola outbreak started in December 2013 in southern Guinea before spreading to two neighbouring west African countries, Liberia and Sierra Leone, killing more than 11,300 people out of almost 29,000 registered cases.

The fist case of the virus was discovered near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, almost 40 years ago. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stated that the previous outbreak in Congo occurred in the Likati Health Zone in Bas Uele Province and lasted from May to July, with a total of eight cases and four deaths. During this time, there were 11 reported cases of the disease in the U.S. All of those could be traced back to Ikoko Impenge, about 60km away from Bikoro, except for one from the next door hamlet of Pangi.

The agency was criticized for its slow response to the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, which was the largest in history. When we talk about Ebola virus now, the shadow of the 2014 West African epidemic hangs heavy as a warning of what can happen.

Congo's long experience of Ebola and its vast, remote geography mean outbreaks are often localised and relatively easy to isolate and snuff out.

But the villages at the heart of this outbreak are close to the banks of the Congo River, a major artery for trade and transport upstream from the capital Kinshasa.

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