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Ebola Vaccinations Begin While Congo Races to Tackle Disease

  • Health workers in affected northwest province get first doses
  • Ring strategy seeks to quell African country’s latest outbreak
A nurse working with the World Health Organization prepares to administer vaccines at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018.

A nurse working with the World Health Organization prepares to administer vaccines at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018.

Photographer: Junior Kannah/AFP via Getty Images

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Ebola vaccinations began in the northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo, where an outbreak of the disease has claimed 26 lives, the World Health Organization said.

Health workers in affected areas are receiving the first vaccines, the Geneva-based organization said Monday in a statement. There were 49 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola in Equateur province as of May 19, WHO Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response Peter Salama said on Twitter.