World Health Organization noted that the first infection was contracted by a male on April 22, 2017 some 870 miles from the capital, Kinshasa.
The GAVI global vaccine alliance said on Friday that some 300,000 emergency doses of an Ebola vaccine developed by Merck could be available in case of a large-scale outbreak, but it would be up to the World Health Organization and others to determine "if and when deployment of vaccine into this outbreak is warranted". As of today, 11 suspected cases including 3 deaths have been reported. There were more cases and deaths recorded in this instance than all others put together.
She quoted DRC Health Minister Dr Oly Kalenga as expressing appreciation to the WHO for the swift support in carrying out investigations which led to the confirmation of the outbreak. Humans can be infected by other humans if they come in contact with body fluids from an infected person or contaminated objects from infected persons. Since people saw governments and institutions as corrupt or untrustworthy there was a belief that Ebola wasn't real, but instead a way for the government to make money from Western aid or for outsiders to harm people. The 1,400-kilometer (870-mile) route from Kinshasa to Likati is remote and isolated with limited transportation networks, requiring two to three days of travel.
There is no approved vaccine to prevent the virus, and there is no approved treatment or cure.
Although it still experimental, clinical trials found the vaccine developed by scientists at the National Microbial Laboratories in Winnipeg is highly effective.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Surveillance and Response Unit on Saturday also activated its emergency operational centre to monitor the DRC outbreak.
Médecins Sans Frontières, the United Nations Children's Fund and other worldwide organizations are standing by as well, WHO said last week. That means the risk of a massive outbreak like the one in West Africa in 2014 is low.
On 12 May 2007, the first case of Ebola was confirmed in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
These "disease detectives" are in a good position to help with the current outbreak, Rowland said.
The Ebola virus was first identified in DR Congo in 1976.
More than 11,000 people died during a Ebola epidemic in west Africa during 2014.
A man holds a Congolese Ministry of Health's information leaflet on Ebola virus in the Bandal area of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on September 17, 2014.
Isolation centers will be set up in case the outbreak spreads, according to the WHO.