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Ebola outbreak in DRC: WHO to hold emergency meeting

EBOLA: An outbreak has been confirmed in the DRC (Image: WHO/S.Oka)

AN EBOLA outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has prompted the World Health Organization to told an emergency meeting to examine the risk of the spread of the infectious illness.

So far, at least 44 people are understood to have been infected with Ebola in the latest outbreak.

Twenty-three deaths are being investigated.

As part of the plan to tackle the outbreak, more than 4,000 doses of an experimental vaccine have been sent to the capital of the DRC, Kinshasa. More than 7,000 doses of the vaccine are being sent to the DRC.

Peter Salama, the WHO’s deputy director-general for emergency response, described reported cases in Mbandaka, a city of around 1 million people and a transport hub on the Congo River, as “a major development in the outbreak”.

"We have urban Ebola, which is a very different animal from rural Ebola. The potential for an explosive increase in cases is now there."

The WHO has said there is a "very high" to public health from Ebola in the DRC.

A 2014-16 outbreak of Ebola in West Africa spread to Guniea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and killed more than 11,000 people.

Ebola is a highly contagious virus that often proves fatal. People infected with the Ebola virus typically exhibit symptoms of a high temperature, headache, joint and muscle pain, sore throat, severe muscle weakness. Diarrhoea, vomiting, a rash, stomach pain and internal bleeding are also common symptoms.

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