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Congo reports a single confirmed case of Ebola, UN says

Congo reports a single confirmed case of Ebola, UN says

The team will be made up of doctors, nurses, logisticians, water and sanitation experts, health promoters and an epidemiologist. So it is likely to decrease as the vaccine is used over time. An experimental vaccine was recently developed that World Health Organization says could be used in emergencies. Congo's outbreaks have all been in areas not linked to the the West African cases.

The Ebola epidemic that exploded in West Africa in 2014 sickened more than 28,000 people before it ended.

During that outbreak, which was declared a "public health emergency of global concern" by the WHO, the Western Hemisphere also saw its first Ebola patients.

In June past year WHO declared Liberia, the last country still fighting the world's worst outbreak of the disease, free of active Ebola virus transmission. Each of the last three Congolese outbreaks of Ebola over the past decade was contained with less than 100 cases.

So far all the cases have been tied to a remote village, and it's a strain of Ebola that's been seen in the country before.

Since Ebola virus was first identified in 1976, sporadic outbreaks have been reported in Africa.

The vaccine is now awaiting formal licensing clearance.

Officials suspect that the two other deaths were also caused by the highly infectious virus, which spreads through contact with bodily fluids. But 23 cases occurred among those in a control group whose vaccination had been delayed.

"The vaccine has shown high efficacy in clinical trials and could play a vital role in protecting the most vulnerable", he added. There, they will work to treat the infected, determine who they might have come into contact with, and evaluate who could be at risk for catching the disease.

In a visit to Guinea in 2015, The Globe and Mail witnessed the rollout of the Canadian vaccine and saw the difficulty of persuading some people to accept the vaccine, because of frequent false rumours about its dangers.

According to the World Health Organization statement, the "confirmed epidemic" is the country's eighth since 1976.