Congo reports a single confirmed case of Ebola, UN says

The Ebola virus as seen through a microscope. File pic

A World Health Organisation spokesperson later said that the person infected with Ebola had died. "But, we always take this very seriously", WHO Congo spokesman Eric Kabambi told Reuters. The deadly hemorrhagic fever was first detected in its dense tropical forests in 1976 and named after the nearby river Ebola. Of those who received the vaccine immediately, none developed the Ebola virus.

The last outbreak of Ebola in Congo was in 2014 when the country recorded several dozen cases.

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The vaccine has not yet been given formal regulatory approval to be licensed, but last month a group of experts at the World Health Organization said the vaccine should be used promptly when Ebola outbreaks occur.

World Health Organization have recently developed an Ebola vaccine to be used in emergencies. But on 27 April, the WHO's advisory group on immunization recommended that an experimental vaccine called rVSV-SEBOV be deployed promptly should an Ebola outbreak arise.

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A virion of the Ebola virus, as seen in a colorized transmission electron micrograph made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "People are constantly coming and going across the border to visit friends and family, so we are taking very urgent preventative measures to contain the risk". "Ebola transmission in West Africa no longer constitutes an extraordinary event, that the risk of global spread is now low, and that countries currently have the capacity to respond rapidly to new virus emergences", the panel said in its latest statement. Clinical trials have shown the vaccine to be very protective against Ebola-Zaire. More than 28,600 people were infected then, with more 11,300 deaths. It was the only epidemic of Ebola - usually, outbreaks are smaller and affect at the most a few hundred people.

That outbreak saw 66 registered cases hit the district of Boende some 800 kilometers (500 miles) northeast of Kinshasa for an official fatality rate of 74.2 percent.

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"We want to assure Nigerians that the army and the Nigerian government won't relent until this battle is won", Usman said. Buhari said last month that the government was in talks to secure the release of the remaining captives.

The disease had ravaged Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and was only recently contained in these countries.

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