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Health Experts Continue Efforts To Prevent Ebola’s Spread In DRC, Employ Experimental Vaccine

Associated Press: ‘They’re at risk:’ Congo’s taxi drivers fear Ebola’s spread
“…This outbreak is a major test of an Ebola vaccine that for the first time is being used at the start of an epidemic after showing promise late in the West Africa outbreak that killed thousands a few years ago. Health workers are among the first to receive the vaccine as they work on the front lines and are most at risk. But some of Mbandaka’s taxi drivers argue they are on the front lines of the epidemic as well, even if their chances of becoming infected appear to be shrinking…” (Mednick, 6/14).

VOA News: Health Experts Dispatch Experimental Vaccine to Fight Congo’s Latest Ebola Outbreak
“Health experts are dispatching an experimental vaccine in areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that are considered ground zero in the fight against Ebola. Their hope is to try to combat the outbreak from the onset. The crucial test is providing hope, in times of uncertainty…” (Taboh, 6/14).

For up-to-date information on the number of confirmed, probable, and suspected cases, visit the Twitter feed of WHO Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response Peter Salama.

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