Ebola vaccines to be shipped to Congo amid outbreak

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is dealing with an Ebola virus outbreak. Abigail Bimman tells us about the World Health Organization's response. and the concerns about a possible spread.

The head of the World Health Organization says he and Congo’s health minister have agreed that Ebola vaccines will be shipped “as quickly as possible” as the number of suspected cases in the latest outbreak grows.

WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus announced the development in a Twitter post on Friday.

Two cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the latest outbreak in a remote northwestern part of Congo.

UN deploys doctors after Ebola cases reported in Congo’s northwest
UN deploys doctors after Ebola cases reported in Congo’s northwest

WATCH ABOVE: The UN announced Wednesday that the World Health Organization plans to deploy aid and doctors after a new Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The country’s health minister on Thursday announced the first death since the outbreak was declared early this week, though the hemorrhagic fever blamed for the death has not been confirmed as Ebola. Nine other suspected cases were announced Thursday.

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There is no specific treatment for Ebola. A new experimental vaccine has been shown to be highly effective, though quantities are currently limited.

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