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WHO chief says Ebola outbreak in Congo is stabilising

The fight against a deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is giving a reason for cautious optimism, World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.

FILE: A health worker prepares a vaccination at a health centre in Conakry during the first clinical trials of the VSV-EBOV vaccine against the Ebola virus. Picture: AFP

GENEVA - The fight against a deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is giving a reason for cautious optimism, World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.

“It’s stabilising. We’re optimistic, cautiously optimistic,” he told Reuters.

He said he would travel to Congo on Sunday to check on progress a month into the outbreak, and would also go to neighbouring Central African Republic as part of a drive to build up health systems in the fragile and impoverished country.