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2 new Ebola deaths recorded in Congo - health ministry

A nurse also died in the village of Bikoro, where the outbreak was first detected, ministry spokesperson Jessica Ilunga said.

Health workers operating in affected areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are being vaccinated. Picture: @WHO/Twitter.

MBANDAKA - Two new deaths from Ebola and seven new confirmed cases have been recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

One of the deaths occurred in the provincial capital of Mbandaka, according to a daily bulletin. A nurse also died in the village of Bikoro, where the outbreak was first detected, ministry spokesperson Jessica Ilunga told Reuters.

The seven new confirmed cases were registered in Bikoro, the ministry said.

Health officials administered an experimental vaccine on Monday to 33 medical workers and Mbandaka residents, World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva.

The vaccine manufacturer Merck has provided WHO with 8,640 doses of the vaccine and an additional 8,000 doses are expected to be available in the coming days, WHO said.

Congo’s ninth outbreak of Ebola since 1976 is believed to have killed at least 28 people so far.

Officials are particularly concerned by its appearance in Mbandaka, a crowded trading hub on the Congo River with a road, water and air links to Congo’s capital, Kinshasa.

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