World Health Organization has reported 39 suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola since April, including 19 deaths. "It's a targeted vaccination for people who are identified as possible contacts of people who have been infected", Tari Jasarevic, a World Health Organization spokesperson, told DW. Wangata health zone is adjacent to the provincial port city of Mbandaka (population 1.2 million).
The plan is to employ a ring vaccination approach, vaccinating anyone who has been in contact with a case to prevent continuing spread of the virus.
East African states bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had issued an alert warning resident, travelers and visitors calling to the region to take serious precaution over the outbreak of the deadly and infectious Ebola virus recently reported in Bikoro, Equateur Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
At present the outbreak did not meet the criteria for declaring a "public health event of global concern", which would trigger the formation of an emergency WHO committee.
"We must situate the index case in each site to see if the cases are linked or if they are separate epidemics", said Muyembe, who was in the team that researched the first recorded Ebola outbreak. While outbreaks in remote areas usually mean the disease can be contained, on this occasion suspected cases have been reported in three locations spread over 60km.
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A pioneering vaccine and rapid response could bring the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC's) latest Ebola outbreak under control, minimising the chances of it spreading to more populous areas, officials said.
Moeti said 362 contacts had been traced of those who had fallen sick - a necessary precursor to deploying the vaccines.
"We are very concerned and planning for all scenarios, including the worst-case scenario", Peter Salama, WHO's deputy director-general of emergency preparedness and response, said at a United Nations briefing in Geneva Friday, according to Reuters.
"This is not a simple logistical effort; it's not like doing a polio campaign with oral polio vaccines, where we get it immediately out to the field". Mobile laboratories have been sent to Mbandaka and Bikoro.
The disease is believed to be hosted by bats but the blood and bodily fluids of animals is how the disease is thought to have transmitted to humans. Bikoro hospital has sealed off a ward to diagnose suspected Ebola patients and provide treatment, according to UNICEF.