The death and burial without a security measure of a 65-year-old woman in Mangina, DR Congo, was the catalyst that marked the start of the new Ebola epidemic in late July, the World Health Organization announced today.
Peter Salamas, head of the WHO’s immediate response service, said seven members of the woman’s immediate family environment also died having had symptoms that refer to Ebola and that possible outbreaks have been detected in ten sites.
In addition to Mangina in the province of North Kivu, suspicious cases have been detected in Benin and the neighboring Ituri province, Salamas said during the United Nations briefing in Geneva. Yesterday, Thursday, he said it would probably be impossible to use a vaccine to address the new Ebola crisis in the DRC.
As the Athenian News Agency says, officials have yet to identify the Ebola officer, who has cost 20 people and has caused symptoms to four others, including two healthcare workers, and possibly his staff Zaire, Sudan, or Bundiugu, WHO chief WHO expert Peter Salamas said.
If it is for Zaire, the Merck vaccine used in the last virus outbreak is likely to be a good option, otherwise the situation will be much more complex “and we may not have vaccine options,” he said yesterday at Reuters from the WHO headquarters in Geneva.