Ebola reaches big city, rais­ing worry about vac­cine

The Bradenton Herald - - Nation & World -

The sec­ond-largest Ebola out­break in his­tory has spread to a ma­jor city in eastern Congo, as health ex­perts worry whether the stock of an ex­per­i­men­tal vac­cine will stand up to the de­mands of an epi­demic.

Butembo, with more than 1 mil­lion res­i­dents, is now re­port­ing cases of the deadly hem­or­rhagic fever. That com­pli­cates Ebola con­tain­ment work al­ready chal­lenged by rebel at­tacks else­where.

Medecins Sans Fron­tieres said new cases are in­creas­ing quickly in the eastern suburbs. There are cur­rently 471 Ebola cases, of which 423 are con­firmed, in­clud­ing 225 con­firmed deaths.

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