Two new Ebola deaths in DR Congo


Two new deaths from Ebola and seven new confirmed cases have been recorded in Democratic Republic of Congo according to the health ministry.

One of the deaths occurred in the provincial capital Mbandaka, according to a daily bulletin. A nurse also died in Bikoro village, where the outbreak was first detected, ministry spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga told Reuters.

The seven new confirmed cases were registered in Bikoro, the ministry said.

Health officials administered an experimental vaccine on Monday to 33 medical workers and Mbandaka residents, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva.

Vaccine manufacturer Merck provided WHO with 8,640 doses and an additional 8,000 doses are expected to be available in the coming days, WHO said.

Congo’s ninth outbreak of Ebola since 1976 is believed to have killed at least 28 people to date.

Officials are particularly concerned by its appearance in Mbandaka, a crowded trading hub on the Congo River with road, water and air links to Kinshasa.