Fears of another Ebola pandemic are raised after virologist warns fresh outbreak has killed 39 in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
By Paul Martin

Health officials in the African nation fear 39 have so far been killed by the virus
The latest outbreak was announced just days after another was declared over
A mass vaccination campaign is already underway to stem the latest outbreak

By STEPHEN MATTHEWS
DAILYMAIL.COM
14 August 2018

Fears of another Ebola pandemic have today been raised amid an ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Virologists warn the situation will be ‘hard to control’ because the affected area is a war zone, roamed by armed militias.

Professor Paul Hunter admitted this poses ‘substantial’ problems for aid workers battling round-the-clock to contain the outbreak.

Health officials in the African nation fear 39 have so far been killed by the lethal virus, considered one of the most lethal pathogens in existence.

The outbreak on the border of Uganda was announced just days after another was declared over in the north west DRC.

Virologists feared it was ‘reminiscent’ of the 2014 Ebola pandemic, which decimated West Africa and killed 11,000 people.

But the new outbreak has already dwarfed the one earlier this summer, and has stoked more fears among the medical community.

Professor Hunter, of the University of East Anglia, praised an experimental vaccine that has boosted the odds of stopping the spread of Ebola.

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