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CDC Travel Alert Issued for Ebola Outbreak in Africa

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Which, according to the World Health Organization, significantly increases the population risk of this outbreak.

A World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman, Christian Lindmeier, said the United Nations body would convene an emergency committee on Friday to consider the worldwide risk.

Two suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in the Wangata health zones that include Mbandaka, the capital of northwestern Equateur province.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said in the WHO statement, "This is a concerning development, but we now have better tools than ever before to combat Ebola".

Additionally, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Travel Alert Level 2 related to this outbreak. Tens of millions of people live along the river, and the capitals of Congo, the Central African Republic and Congo Republic lie along it and its tributaries. The CDC says travelers to the Bikoro area could be infected if they come into contact with an infected person's blood or body fluids.

News of the outbreak brings to mind the terror of the epidemic that killed 11,000 people and infected 28,000 in West Africa between 2014 and 2016.

Congolese Health Ministry officials carry the first batch of experimental Ebola vaccines in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, May 16, 2018.

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But the World Health organisation (WHO) fears the possibility of a full-blown health crisis as the deadly disease moves into urbanised areas. The vaccine, known as rVSV-ZEBOV, was first created in the early 2000s, but this marks the first time that it has been used to control a new outbreak. "It is paramount to trace the suspect case in order to have a clearer view on how it reached the city", said Henry Gray, emergency coordinator in Mbandaka for Doctors Without Borders.

The VSV-EBOV Ebola vaccine, which will be administered on Friday, was developed by USA pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., and is yet to receive its full license from the relevant authorities and agencies, but has been "proven safe and effective in trials".

The World Health Organization sent 5,400 doses of the experimental Ebola vaccine to Congo on Wednesday, according to the health minister.

Until now, twenty-three deaths have been reported due to the Ebola outbreak. A concurrent but much smaller and unrelated Ebola outbreak took place in Congo in 2014 as well. Before Thursday, cases had only been confirmed in Bikoro, a small town whose health clinic only has "limited functionality", according to the WHO. The Bikoro health zone is about 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Mbandaka and 45 kilometers from Ikoko Impenge, which have suspected cases.

Though the world is in a better position to protect communities and health workers this time thanks to rapid national response and global collaboration, he said, "his will be an incredibly challenging operation, across a vast area and fragile health systems-and can not be limited to deployment of vaccines".

In the next few days, MSF plans delivery of several tonnes of supplies, including medical kits; protection and disinfection kits; logistic and hygiene kits; and palliative drugs to Mbandaka.

Twenty-three people have died during the outbreak. Mbandaka's dense population and the fact that it is a bustling port both heighten the risk of rapid spread.

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