"We will gather more samples, conduct contact tracing, engage the communities with messages on prevention and control, and put in place methods for improving data collection and sharing", said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO's regional director for Africa.
Sawyer, a Liberian-American, died at a hospital and infected several health workers, including Stella Ameyo Adedavoh, a doctor who defied orders to allow him to leave the hospital and saved Nigeria from a mass outbreak in the process. The researchers found that there were no Ebola cases among the 5,837 vaccinated people 10 days or more after getting vaccinated. This comes only three days after the outbreak was officially announced and a week after the first reported case. Two of those cases are confirmed to be Ebola. Salama said confusion surrounding possible links between the two outbreaks may be stem from nonspecific symptoms of the disease.
An Ebola pandemic quickly decimated West Africa between 2014 and 2016. "At all levels, this has been taken as the highest priority".
World Health Organization now has a team on the ground along with partner Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), and will invole an additional team of between 20-40 specialists in epidemiology, logistics, contact-tracing, and vaccination programmes, in the coming days.
Salama also said the United Nations health organisation hoped to have a mobile lab up and running on site this weekend.
This is the ninth time an Ebola outbreak has been recorded in DR Congo. All of the deaths occurred before the outbreak was confirmed.
"Public health emergency of worldwide concern" means an extraordinary event which is determined, as provided in these Regulations: "(i) to constitute a public health risk to other States through the global spread of disease and (ii) to potentially require a coordinated worldwide response". WHO said it was working with Kongo officials to scale operations in the region and to mobilize public health partners there. The WHO has already released $1 million from its contingency fund, and Wellcome Trust and the United Kingdom government have pledged £3 million ($4.1 million).
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World Health Organization says it hopes to deploy the experimental Ebola vaccine to tackle an outbreak in a remote area of the Congo Democratic Republic to prevent it spreading, particularly to the provincial capital which has over 1 million people.
The side effects of the vaccine were mostly mild.
If you don't die from Ebola, you might suffer from long-term disability and stand the risk of being persistently infected with a chance of the disease reoccurring years later.
Ebola viruses are a group of particularly nasty viruses that have a significant burden across Africa.
"This is a highly complicated, sophisticated operation in one of the most hard terrains on earth", Salama said.
They added there's no specific treatment for the deadly virus, but a new experimental vaccine has been shown to be highly effective.