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Ebola outbreak confirmed


The Director General of the World Health Organisation says officials from the Democratic Republic of Congo have agreed to use an experimental Ebola vaccine due to an outbreak of the virus, News24 says.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that use of the vaccine could begin by the end of this week. 

WHO has reported 39 suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola since April, including 19 fatalities.

Meanwhile, East African countries bordering DRC have issued an alert warning residents, travellers and visitors calling to the region to take serious precautions over the outbreak of Ebola.

Tanzania and other countries bordering the DRC have re-introduced routine screening of all travellers at points of entry and have cautioned citizens to be vigilant.

Kenyan Health Minister Sicily Kariuki said health experts have been deployed to all border points to screen all passengers entering the East African nation for possible symptoms of the Ebola virus.
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