Ebola outbreak in Congo enters 'new phase' as it spreads to large city By Euan McKirdy and Meera Senthilingam, CNN Updated 2223 GMT (0623 HKT) May 17, 2018 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Replay More Videos ... Downstream from Mbandaka is the country's capital, Kinshasa, which is home to roughly 10 million people. We’re certainly not trying to cause any panic in the national or international community,” Salama said.
Mbandaka sits on the Congo River, a highway for the movement of people and goods to the capital, Kinshasa, and a border with a neighbor to the west, the Republic of Congo. Villages beyond Bikoro have so far been reached only by motorbike. The aid organization said 514 people believed to have been in contact with infected people are being monitored. The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly hard to control.
Ebola is thought to be spread over long distances by fruit bats and is often transmitted to humans via contaminated bushmeat. Indeed, there is a highly promising vaccine candidate , which will quite likely be deployed in this outbreak. Depending on the need, we may be preparing for a longer term,” said CDC epidemiologist Pierre Rollin, an Ebola expert who was in West Africa during the 2014 epidemic.