Ebola confirmed in African city

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In related news, World Health Organization announced yesterday that a first batch of 4000 Ebola vaccine doses arrived to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The experimental vaccine was shown to be highly effective in Guinea in 2015 during the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

A health worker takes off protective clothing after visiting the isolation ward at Bikoro hospital, which received a new suspected Ebola case, in Bikoro, DRC.

"Since the announcement of the alert in Mbandaka, our epidemiologists are working in the field with community relays to identify people who have been in contact with suspected cases", Ilunga said.

According to a new risk assessment by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the current outbreak is the DRC's ninth since Ebola was discovered in 1976.

The first 4,000 units of VSV-EBOV vaccine, the Ebola virus vaccine, landed in the Democratic Congo of the Republic (DRC) today.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.

A total of 44 cases of hemorrhagic fever have now been reported, including 23 deaths, according to the health ministry.

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This is a concerning development, but we now have better tools than ever before to combat Ebola.

"This outbreak is very close to the Republic of Congo and Central African Republic".

Oxfam announced Wednesday that it has made available an initial $68,000 (57,000 euros) to fight the spread of the disease.

Ebola is notoriously hard to contain, though recent outbreaks in Congo have been managed swiftly by the government and worldwide global health institutions.

The WHO expert committee will decide whether to declare a "public health emergency of worldwide concern", which would trigger more global involvement, mobilising research and resources, Mr Lindmeier said.

In September 2014, World Health Organization identified both VSV and the ChAd3 vaccine as the most advanced candidates for use in the West African outbreak, mainly because both appeared to protect people after a single inoculation.

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said the first suspected case was a police officer who died in a health center in the village of Ikoki-Impenge, near Bikoro.

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