Health workers finish vaccinating contacts of Ebola patients in DRC’s Mbandaka

Contact tracing How an Ebola outbreak can start and end

The medical strategy, called ring vaccination, vaccinates the contacts of confirmed patients as well as others in close contact with those contacts. These patients include family members and those who may have come into contact with a sufferer. "The exercise has targeted health professionals working on Ebola victims, confirmed case contacts, and contacts", said the ministry's Abel Bogole.

In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital - the epicenter of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is now in a "critical point" after in the country, has revealed a new wave of cases. The last confirmed case was recorded May 29, but health officials said they can not make definitive pronouncements about the outbreak's course.

Fifty-eight Ebola cases have been recorded as of June 4, it said.

So far over 25 people have died from Ebola in the country, while over 50 cases of the disease have been confirmed.


The current outbreak - the ninth to hit the DRC since Ebola was identified in 1976 - involves the same strain of the virus that struck Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2013-15, killing more than 11,300 people.

With the help of the World Health Organization (WHO) and NGOs, the DRC is immunizing frontline workers with a vaccine that has shown to be highly effective in trials, although it is still awaiting regulatory approval.

The WHO said on Friday that it was cautiously optimistic about the progress of the response yet Mbandaka's location directly upstream the Congo River of the capital Kinshasa, a city of more than 10 million people, remains a concern.

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