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The UN has revealed that health workers in eastern DR Congo have begun an Ebola vaccination drive in key flashpoints of the country after four cases were reported of which two of them fatal.
The World Health Organization (WHO) in a tweet on Monday said; ‘The authorities today… launched an anti-Ebola vaccination campaign in Butembo just a week after the virus re-emerged”.
It also added that; ‘Workers at Matanda hospital, where the first positive case of Ebola was treated, were the first to be vaccinated’.
The health ministry announced on February 7 that four women in Biene, in the troubled region of North Kivu, had fallen ill with the notorious hemorrhagic fever. Two have since died.
The WHO’s office in the Democratic Republic of Congo said four people in Biene had been vaccinated and 334 other contacts would also receive the jab.
On November 18, DR Congo declared that the country’s 11th documented epidemic of Ebola was over.
The outbreak, in the northwestern province of Equateur, claimed 55 lives.
On Sunday, the West African state of Guinea reported that it had confirmed seven cases of Ebola — the first resurgence of the disease in the region since a 2013-2016 epidemic that killed more than 11,300 people.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK