Another person died in the Congo on a confirmed case of Ebola, which has brought the death toll to 12, the country's ministry of health said.
The new death happened in Iboko, a rural area in the northwestern province Equateur Ministry of Health statement released Sunday. There are also four new suspected cases in the province, the statement said.
There are now 35 confirmed Ebola cases in Congo.
In three areas in Equateur Province, health care workers have identified individuals associated with confirmed Ebola cases. the rural areas of Bikoro and Iboko and Mdbandaka, the provincial capital of 1
The health minister of the Congo drove by helicopter to Bikoro and Iboko on Saturday to see the deployment of health workers tracking people who have come into contact with Ebola cases and vaccinated them with a new experimental vaccine. Minister of Health Oly Ilunga was accompanied by representatives of the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The vaccination campaign in these rural areas starts on Monday
The vaccination campaign is already running in Mbandaka, where four Ebola cases have been confirmed. About 100 health workers have been vaccinated there because frontline workers are at high risk from the virus spread through contact with the body fluids of the infected, including the dead.
The next few weeks are crucial to the decision The outbreak can be brought under control, according to the World Health Organization. Aggravating factors include proliferation in a large city, infection of health workers, and the existence of three or four "separate epicentres" that make it difficult to find and monitor contacts with infected individuals.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva on Saturday: "I personally am committed to making sure we do everything we can to stop this outbreak as soon as possible."
The WHO is pursuing a "ring vaccine" approach that targets the contacts of people infected or suspected of infection and then the contacts of these people. More than 600 contacts have been identified
WHO is also accelerating its efforts with nine neighboring countries to prevent the Ebola outbreak from spreading there. The regional risk is high. It warns against international travel and trade restrictions.
This is the ninth Ebola outbreak of the Congo since 1976, when the haemorrhagic fever was first identified.
There is no specific treatment for Ebola. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches and sometimes internal and external bleeding. The virus can be fatal in up to 90 percent of cases, depending on the load.
Associated Press author Geir Moulson in Berlin has contributed to this report.
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