Ebola kills 34 in Democratic Republic of Congo

Remembering the deadliest Ebola outbreak

At least nine Ebola deaths are confirmed in the new outbreak, which was declared august 1, the health minister, Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, said in a statement Tuesday.

The disease which causes serious illness including vomiting, diarrhoea and in some cases internal and external bleeding is often fatal if untreated.

Over 900 people who have are thought to have been in contact with the 43 infected people are being monitored.

The vaccination campaign will target health care providers, contacts of confirmed Ebola cases and their contacts, said Barthe Ndjoloko Tambwe, director of the Ebola response in Beni.

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But the World Health Organization states security is an issue in areas where militia operate, causing further problems in monitoring potential new cases.

He cited new results of genetic analysis that confirm the strain of Ebola in the new outbreak is the Zaire strain, one for which the vaccine can be used.

The experimental vaccine, which is manufactured by Merck, proved successful during its first wide-scale usage against the outbreak in the northwest.

The ministry noted 30 probable Ebola cases in the new outbreak and said another 33 suspected cases were under investigation, with laboratory testing underway.

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It added that there is no evidence that the new Ebola cases are linked to the previous outbreak.

Protection were distributed to local hospitals and traveller screening commenced, even before the first cases of the contagious virus were confirmed by health officials. "At this point, there is no indication that these two epidemics, which are more than 2,500 kilometres (1,500 miles) apart, are connected", Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga said in a statement.

"All the major worldwide organisations have worked in better alignment with the government's Ebola response plan".

The World Health Organisation has said it hopes to know as early as Tuesday whether the Ebola strain in this new outbreak is the one for which the vaccine can be used.

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