Reported cases of Ebola rise to 42 in Congo

A health worker wearing protective gear is sprayed with chlorine in Bikoro hospital

A health worker wearing protective gear is sprayed with chlorine in Bikoro hospital

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The incubation period of the virus ranges from two to 21 days, and people become infectious after the onset of symptoms, he said, adding that early symptoms include sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, followed by vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, rashes and internal and external bleeding in some cases. "All is ready now, to use it".

The Ebola-hit Bikoro, Iboko, and Wangata health zones in the Equateur province.

This would mean that when a new Ebola case is diagnosed, all people who might have been in recent contact with them are traced and vaccinated to try and prevent the disease's spread.

The WHO is expected to send 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccine to DRC in the near future.

"The vaccination campaign starts next week, everything depends on the logistics because the vaccine must be kept at minus 60 degrees Celsius, and we need to assure that the cold chain is assured from Geneva to Bikoro", she said.

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The Ministry's spokesperson Jessica Ilunga said this on Tuesday. Congo has a long track record with Ebola, WHO said.

Gashumba revealed there is a constant screening system at Kigali International Airport to track the outbreak from people coming from overseas to make sure the disease does not spread in the country while more operations are intensively being done on the country's borders.

The vaccine was developed by the Canadian government and is now licensed to the US -based Merck.

The shot, which was tested in Guinea in 2015 at the end of a vast Ebola outbreak in West Africa, is designed for use in a so-called "ring vaccination" approach. Merck has given its permission for the vaccine to be used in this outbreak.

WHO is working with Congo's government and other global organizations, including Medecins Sans Frontieres, to strengthen coordination to fight and contain the Ebola outbreak.

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