Vaccination against the deadly Ebola disease began on Wednesday in the city of Beni in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the WHO announced five days after reports of a new case.
The new case was in North reported Kivu, the same province where the vaccination program began.
“People at high risk, including confirmed case contact persons and first responders, will be given the doses if health officials are trying to contain the spread of the virus” According to a statement from the World Health Organization.
The new case, confirmed on October 8, involved a two-year-old boy who had died in a local clinic two days earlier, the statement added / p>
He was from the same community where three family members died of Ebola-like symptoms in September.
About a thousand doses of the rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine were shipped to the east city Goma for distribution, shares e WHO with – and Kinshasa has more if needed.
The government in Kinshasa announced the retu rn of the disease in the east of the country on Friday.
In early May, the Democratic Republic declared Congo the end of her 12th.
The disease had recurred in February in an area of North Kivu that saw the largest Ebola outbreak in the history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo between August 2018 and June 2020 – with 3,470 infections and 2,287 deaths.
Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever that was first identified in Central Africa in 1976. The disease was named after a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, then known as Zaire.
It is transmitted to humans through body fluids, with the main symptoms being fever, vomiting, bleeding and diarrhea.