Congo's health ministry says Ebola spreads to 2nd province

WHO spearheading efforts to contain Ebola in the DRC

Congo tests experimental Ebola treatment as deadly outbreak grows

The number of confirmed cases in a new Ebola outbreak in Congo has reached 13, including three deaths, the country's health ministry said late Saturday.

Rebecca Kesby has been speaking to Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where the treatment was developed.

"We are deeply concerned that people in northern North Kivu have already been affected by years of armed conflict, said Nicolas Lambert, the ICRC's Deputy Head of Delegation in DR Congo and its Ebola response team leader".

The new outbreak became public only days after July 24, when Congo declared its previous Ebola outbreak to be over.

Ms. Ilunga said that the country is "much better prepared this time". "We also call on the warring parties for a cessation of hostilities because the virus is risky to all, it doesn't choose between this group or that group", he stressed.

While Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the risk of global transmission remains low, he stressed he feels "more worried" about situation after touring the northeastern North Kivu province - a departure from upbeat messages World Health Organization officials had struck in stamping out a previous DRC brush with the deadly virus.

Referring to the areas where armed groups are operating, he said they could be "hiding places" for the virus. It is often fatal if untreated.

The treatment is "the first therapeutic drug against the virus to be used in an active Ebola epidemic in the DRC", the health ministry's directorate for disease control said.

Developed in the United States, the prototype drug is a so-called single monoclonal antibody - a protein that binds on to a specific target of the virus and triggers the body's immune system to destroy the invader. "Every time, we learn something new about treatments and vaccines which are still in the experimental phase - there is a lot of potential there", Segoni said.

The WHO chief said the risk of worldwide spread is low.

Vaccination efforts have begun in high-risk areas of North Kivu.

Thanking donors for their support in helping defeat the previous outbreaks in the Equateur Province, Ghebreyesus called on the worldwide community to "speed up the financing" to respond to this new crisis.

He said WHO and its partners were considering other approaches, including possibly vaccinating all 1,200 people living in Mangina, where at least seven health workers have been infected.

Separately, authorities have vaccinated more than 200 health workers and contacts of Ebola patients.

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