Congo's health ministry confirms 3 more cases of Ebola

The latest flare-up was announced one week after Congo’s government declared the end of another outbreak in northwestern Congo

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As with the outbreak in western Congo, health officials plan to deploy a vaccine manufactured by Merck that they have credited with helping disrupt the spread of the virus after it reached a river port city with transport links to the capital Kinshasa.

In the latest outbreak, declared last week, 43 people are believed to have been infected in North Kivu province, including 33 who have died, the United Nations health agency said.

That outbreak more than 2,500 kilometres away had 33 confirmed Ebola deaths.

The outbreak declared last week in North Kivu province in the northeast near Uganda and Rwanda is a new outbreak and not connected to the one in DR Congo's northwest that was declared over on July 24, WHO's emergency preparedness chief Peter Salama said on Twitter.

A so-called cold chain, the series of measures needed to keep the vaccine well below zero in a tropical climate without reliable power supplies, will be set up in Beni this weekend, the statement said.

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The newest outbreak, confirmed by the World Health Organization on Sunday, is located in the Congo's northeastern North Kivu Province and neighboring Ituri Province.

Three healthcare workers have been affected, including two who died, the World Health Organization said.

An additional 43 suspected cases of Ebola were reported, including 13 confirmed by lab testing, according to WHO.

The vaccination campaign will target healthcare providers, contacts of confirmed Ebola cases and their contacts, said Barthe Ndjoloko Tambwe, director of the Ebola response in Beni.

The central African country has dealt with Ebola for decades and this is its tenth outbreak of the virus.

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