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Ebola Vaccinations of Health Workers Begin in Congo, MSF Says

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A nurse shows a bottle of Ebola vaccine in Mbandaka on May 21.
A nurse shows a bottle of Ebola vaccine in Mbandaka on May 21.Photographer: Junior D. Kannah/AFP via Getty Images

Medecins Sans Frontieres began vaccinating health workers in a remote town in northern Democratic Republic of Congo where an outbreak of Ebola was confirmed earlier this month.

The treatment campaign started in Bikoro in Equateur Province, a week after a similar exercise in the city of Mbandaka, the medical charity said in an emailed statement Tuesday. Vaccinations, which are being conducted with MSF’s research unit Epicentre, will be offered to people who have come into contact with Ebola patients, it said.