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Uganda has started screening for Ebola at a Congolese refugee settlement in the mid-western part of the east African country.
Researchers designed a rapid assay for detection of Ebola virus using recombinase polymerase amplification.
In the week since the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a new Ebola outbreak, health officials have set in motion a plan to distribute an experimental vaccine, logistics experts have established an airbridge to ferry responders and equipment into the epicenter, and the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has arrived to take stock.
The plan is to employ a ring vaccination approach, vaccinating anyone who has been in contact with a case to prevent continuing spread of the virus.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has reported 39 suspected, probable, or confirmed cases of Ebola between April 4 and May 13, including 19 deaths.
Cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in an area of Congo that is facing an Ebola outbreak as early as December, while the first deaths were reported in January.
The current outbreak is in a remote area, but one of the towns where cases may be occurring is a port that connects to the Congo and Ubangi rivers, opening up the possibility of infected individuals traveling by boat to the densely populated capital cities of the Democratic Republic Congo, the Republic of the Congo, and the Central African Republic.
The government of Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola after at least two people were infected and possibly as many as 17 died from the disease in the northwest region of the country.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 42 days after the last confirmed Ebola patient.