>> An experimental vaccine to tackle an outbreak of Ebola. The World Health Organization said on Friday, it was waiting for the green light from Congo to roll out the treatment. To prevent the deadly disease from spreading in an area of Congo so remote that health experts will go there by helicopter.
Dozens of suspected cases have been reported and the WHO is moving quickly. It was criticize for bungling its response to the major outbreak in 2014 which killed more than 11,000 people over 2 years.>> Even though it's a remote rural area Which usually gives us a sense of reassurance in terms of spread of an outbreak.
The problem here is that we already have three separate locations that are reporting cases that cover as much as 60 km and maybe more.>> The immediate risk is to the provincial capital Mbandaka. But Congo's nine neighbors have all been put on alert. Local traditions such as communal burials with close contact with the disease could increase the risk of spreading.
The new vaccine is highly effective, but has not yet been licenced.