Ebola Outbreak Stabilizing

KINSHASA, DR CONGO, 15 JUNE 2018 – The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo is stabilizing, according to the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

It is now a month since the WHO started experimental vaccinations in DR Congo in an effort to curb the spread of the deadly epidemic.

There is “very strong progress”, WHO Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response Peter Salama told a news conference at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

So far, some 27 people have been killed since the outbreak was reported in April 2018. There are 62 cases, 38 of whoch have been confirmed in a laboratory. There are a further 14 probable cases and 10 more people are suspected of having contracted the virus.

Contrary to the 2013-1015 outbreak in the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone where 11,300 people were killed, health workers have moved swiftly this time to halt the spread of the virus.

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