Ebola in Congo Outbreak is Zaire Strain Which Can be Vaccinated Against
Ebola returns to Congo, days after a previous outbreak had been declared over. The virus is of the Zaire strain, which can be vaccinated against, the health ministry said. The vaccine, made by Merck, helped contain the
previous outbreak that started in May and killed 33. 20 people have died and 4 others have tested
positive for Ebola in the latest outbreak. It has likely spread over tens of kilometres, according to a WHO official.
Ebola is thought to be transmitted by bats. The virus may find its way into bush meat. It can cause haemorrhagic fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. More than 11,300 people have died from Ebola from 2013 to 2016. This is Congo’s 10th Ebola outbreak since 1976.