- The vaccination program to contain Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo starts Monday. That's what the Ministry of Health said on Sunday. There are 4000 doses of vaccine on the way to Mbandaka, where the first cases of infection in urban areas were detected last week. The dangerous virus infection struck earlier this month in a village about 70 kilometers to the south.
That was the ninth outbreak in Congo since the discovery of the dreaded disease in the 1970s. Now that patients in Mbandaka, a busy port on the Congo River, have also been diagnosed, the authorities fear that the virus will spread downstream to Kinshasa. 10 million people live in the capital.