DAKAR, SENEGAL—Ebola vaccinations began Wednesday in Congo’s latest outbreak of the deadly virus that has already claimed at least nine lives.
Health officials have warned that containing the outbreak in North Kivu province is complicated by the presence of multiple armed groups vying for mineral-rich land in the northeastern region that borders Uganda and Rwanda.
The latest outbreak, declared Aug. 1 in Mangina village in the Mabalako health zone, is Congo’s tenth outbreak since the virus was identified in 1976. This outbreak has seen 16 confirmed Ebola cases, 27 probable cases and 46 suspected ones.
Some 36 people have died from hemorrhagic fever amid the outbreak, but officials said many cannot be confirmed as Ebola deaths at this point.
Three thousand doses of the Ebola vaccine are being sent from Kinshasa, the capital, and will be used first in the Mabalako health zone and in the nearby city of Beni, which has more than 680,000 people.
The experimental vaccine was used in an earlier, unrelated outbreak in Congo’s northwest that was declared over last month.