Almost 30,000 confirmed and suspected cases were reported. On July 2, 2017 the World Health Organization declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola in DRC, in which a total of four people died. There have since been sporadic outbreaks that have been contained including eight in Congo since 1976. "So I think we can all be prepared", he said. Health officials hope the vaccine, which was given to people in Guinea in West Africa during a trial in 2015, could be a game-changer in preventing Ebola from spreading, The Washington Post's Siobhán O'Grady wrote last week.
W.H.O's director-general Tedros Adhanon Ghebryeyesus has visited the region, where 35 suspected cases have been reported so far, more than half of them fatal.
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The WHO said it has obtained 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccine and is preparing for deployment in the DRC, its Africa director said on Sunday.
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"This is not a simple logistical effort; it's not like doing a polio campaign with oral polio vaccines, where we get it immediately out to the field".
WHO said that the Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is coordinating the response, and WHO is working with the agency.
"We know what we need to do, but we must do it quickly", Fall said.
The Ebola virus is highly contagious and causes a range of symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise and in many cases internal and external bleeding. Since then, it has been infecting people from time to time, leading to outbreaks in several African countries. On May 13, the WHO delivered two shipments from Geneva and Dubai with more than 30 tonnes of equipment, including Personal Protective Equipment kits, Interagency Emergency Health Kits, boxes for transportation, and body bags. Mobile laboratories have been sent to Mbandaka and Bikoro. Bikoro hospital has sealed off a ward to diagnose suspected Ebola patients and provide treatment, according to UNICEF. Cases were reported from the Bikoro health zone (n=29; two confirmed, 20 probable and 7 suspected cases), Iboko health zone (n=8; three probable and five suspected cases) and Wangata health zone (n=2; two probable cases).