The World Health Organization says experts are starting to carry out Ebola vaccinations in Congo's latest deadly outbreak.
Local health officials first suspected the emergence of Ebola after a 65-year-old woman with classic symptoms of the disease, died, and was buried in an unsafe manner, which led to the infection and death of seven of her relatives.
An Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is likely to spread over tens of kilometers and poses a high regional risk given its proximity to borders.
The rare occurrence of back-to-back Ebola outbreaks underscores the growing danger that infectious diseases pose to humanity.
Congo's health ministry is preparing to begin Ebola vaccinations Wednesday, August 8, in the eastern city of Beni and neighboring Mangina village.
The World Health Organization is worried about the safety of medical workers in North Kivu and their access to areas controlled by militants.
Twenty people have died from haemorrhagic fevers in and around Mangina, a densely populated town in North Kivu province about 30 km southwest of the city of Beni and 100 km from the Ugandan border.
A week after announcing the end of an Ebola outbreak in Équateur province, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has four new confirmed cases of the disease 2500 kilometers across the country in North Kivu province.
From vaccines to apps, myth-busting to health training, officials are looking at myriad options to better prepare the nation for what many fear is its inevitable future.
Health agencies say experimental vaccine and faster response helped contain deadly virus.