Congo an­nounces nine sus­pected Ebola cases

Cape Breton Post - - World -

KIN­SHASA, Congo — One per­son has been con­firmed dead from Ebola in an out­break in a re­mote cor­ner of north­ern Congo as health au­thor­i­ties look into a to­tal of nine sus­pected cases, in­clud­ing another death, the coun­try’s health min­is­ter said Friday. One case of the hem­or­rhagic fever was con­firmed out of the five tested since the out­break emerged April 22 in Bas-Uele prov­ince, Health Min­is­ter Oly Ilunga Kalenga said. He said the con­firmed case was of the Zaire strain of the virus.

The out­break could test a re­cently de­vel­oped ex­per­i­men­tal Ebola vac­cine that WHO says could be used in emer­gen­cies. The global vac­cine al­liance GAVI said 300,000 doses are avail­able “if needed to stop this out­break be­com­ing a pan­demic.”

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