>> Ebola has been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but experts say the outlook is much better than when a major outbreak was reported there in 2014. While cases of the deadly virus have been discovered in the port city of Mbandaka, the World Health Organization, or WHO, says its planning is paying off.
>> It's concerning that we now have cases of Ebola in an urban center. But we're much better place to deal with this outbreak than we were in 2014. I'm pleased to say that vaccination is starting as we speak today.>> While the outbreak has so far killed 26 of the 46 people thought to have been infected, 4,000 doses of a vaccine have been shipped to Mbandaka.
It's hoped the disease can be contained rather than spreading downstream to the capital, Kinshasa, which has a population of 10 million. The outbreak is the country's ninth since the disease made its first known appearance there in the 1970s. The last epidemic in West Africa killed more than 11,300 people.
On that occasion, the WHO was heavily criticized for its slow response. Though the outbreak was found to have begun in late 2013, the UN Body did not call an emergency meeting until August the next year.