The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has entered a “new phase” according to the World Health Organisation, after a case was confirmed in a city of 1.2 million people increasing fears the virus could rapidly spread.
Congo has reported 23 deaths among the 42 suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola, which has no proven cure.
The WHO, which has been coordinating the response to combat the outbreak, said it would hold an emergency meeting today to consider the possible international risks associated with Ebola
4,000 experimental vaccines have been sent to Congo so far, with an additional 4,000 being sent in the coming days. According to the WHO, the average fatality rate amongst those infected is about 50%.