Ebola Vaccinations Begin in Congo’s Northwest Town of Bikoro

Kinshasa, Officials began vaccinating health workers and others on Monday in Bikoro, where Congo's current Ebola outbreak was first declared at the beginning of May.Congo's Health Minister Oly Ilunga traveled to oversee the Ebola vaccinations of at lea...

Kinshasa, Officials began vaccinating health workers and others on Monday in Bikoro, where Congo's current Ebola outbreak was first declared at the beginning of May.

Congo's Health Minister Oly Ilunga traveled to oversee the Ebola vaccinations of at least 10 people in Bikoro, where at least five of 12 Ebola deaths have happened, AP reported.

Bikoro Hospital director Dr. Serge Ngalebato said he and other health officials were vaccinated for protection when treating Ebola patients. The procedure, which is voluntary, will take time and follow up to make sure there is a positive response, Ngalebato said.

Congo's vaccination campaign, which began in Mbandaka last week, is targeting more than 1,000 health workers and contacts of the sick in three health zones. As of Monday Congo confirmed about 56 cases of hemorrhagic fever: 35 confirmed Ebola cases, 13 probable and eight suspected.

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