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At Least 170 Dead In DRC Ebola Outbreak; Insufficient Evidence To Provide Vaccine To Pregnant Women, WHO Committee Says

Agence France-Presse: DR Congo Ebola death toll rises to 170
“The Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed 170 lives, health authorities said on Sunday. The health ministry said in a bulletin they had recorded 267 cases including 170 deaths…” (10/28).

Healio: Insufficient evidence to recommend Ebola vaccine for pregnant women, WHO advisory group says
“A committee that advises WHO on global immunization policy said there is insufficient evidence to recommend giving pregnant women an experimental Ebola virus vaccine — a timely issue given the ongoing deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo…” (Thiel, 10/26).

Reuters: Children dying of Ebola at unprecedented rate in Congo — health ministry
“Children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are dying from Ebola at an unprecedented rate due largely to poor sanitary practices at clinics run by traditional healers, the health ministry said on Sunday…” (Mahamba/Paravicini, 10/29).

Additional coverage of the DRC Ebola outbreak and response is available from CIDRAP News, Washington Times, and Xinhua News.

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