DRC Health Ministry Confirms 3 More Ebola Cases; Vaccinations To Begin This Week

Agence France-Presse: DR Congo to begin Ebola vaccinations this week
“The health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Monday they would begin Ebola vaccinations later this week in the east of the country, where a new outbreak of the virus is [occurring]…” (8/6).

Associated Press: Congo’s health ministry confirms 3 more cases of Ebola
“Congo’s health ministry says three more cases of Ebola have been confirmed in North Kivu province as the country faces its tenth outbreak of the deadly virus. Health Minister Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga says in a statement that at least four Ebola deaths are confirmed. He says there are now 16 confirmed cases of the hemorrhagic fever, 27 probable cases, and 31 suspected ones under investigation…” (8/7).

Reuters: Congo Ebola vaccine teams set up fridges, 43 cases suspected
“Health workers in Congo were setting up refrigerators on Monday to keep cool an Ebola vaccine needed to tackle an outbreak suspected to have infected 43 people, the health ministry said…” (Cocks, 8/6).

Science: Out of the frying pan, into the fire with a new Ebola outbreak in Congo
“…[On Monday], ScienceInsider spoke with [Peter Salama, head of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme], who is leaving for the DRC on Thursday. This is a condensed, edited version of the interview…” (Cohen, 8/6).

Additional coverage of this story is available from the Associated Press, CIDRAP News, and Forbes.