AU Sends Health Team to Evaluate Ebola Outbreak in Africa

First batch of Ebola vaccines arrive DRC

Ebola outbreak spreads to urban area as deaths mount

The World Health Organisation has sent 5,400 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine to Congo, with thousands more to be shipped in the coming days.

Health officials have confirmed a case in the northwest city of Mbandaka, a busy river port located at the intersection of the Congo and Ruki rivers and with trade routes to the capital Kinshasa.

So far, the 23 deaths believed to have been caused by Democratic Republic of Congo's latest Ebola outbreak had been detected in more isolated areas, giving authorities a better chance of ring-fencing the virus.

M - The Ebola outbreak in Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly hard to control, BBC reported.

"We are entering a new phase of the Ebola outbreak that is now affecting three health zones, including an urban health zone", he said, adding he is anxious because Mbandaka is densely populated and at the crossroads of Equateur province. "Since the announcement of the alert in Mbandaka, our epidemiologists are working in the field to identify people who have been in contact with suspected cases".

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This Ebola recurrence is the ninth DRC has faced in 4 decades after the first in 1976.

"Five thousand four hundred doses of vaccine arrived from Geneva this morning" said health ministry spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga.

Ilunga said Congo now is entering an urban phase of the outbreak, with higher spread potential.

She says two cases of Ebola are confirmed, 20 are probable and 20 are suspected.

The experimental vaccine was shown to be highly effective in Guinea in 2015 during the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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