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WHO is “cautiously optimistic” about Ebola ring vaccination programme in DRC

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2388 (Published 30 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2388
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Over 400 suspected contacts have been vaccinated against Ebola virus disease in the first stage of the ring vaccination programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A senior World Health Organization official said that he was cautiously optimistic, as 90% of people at risk in the city of Mbandaka had now been vaccinated.

Latest WHO figures show that 54 cases of Ebola have occurred in DRC, including 25 deaths. Of these cases, 35 are confirmed, 13 are probable, and six are suspected.

The unlicensed rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine has so far been used only in Mbandaka, a provincial capital with …

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