BENI, Congo | Congo health ministry preps for possible Ebola vaccinations

BENI, Congo  — Congo’s health ministry says that it is preparing to begin Ebola vaccinations Wednesday in the eastern city of Beni and neighboring Mangina village where the outbreak was announced last week.

Barthe Ndjoloko Tambwe, director of the Ebola response in Beni, said Monday the vaccination campaign will target health care providers, contacts of confirmed Ebola cases and their contacts.

He said health experts in Beni are setting up cold chains, a series of measures to keep the vaccines below freezing as they travel through a country without reliable power supplies and hot temperatures.

Congo’s health ministry says there are 30 probable cases of Ebola, and 13 confirmed cases, including 3 deaths.

The swift vaccinations of more than 3,300 people helped in containing the previous outbreak in the northwest Equateur province.

By  Associated Press