DR Congo starts Ebola vaccination campaign

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An Ebola vaccination campaign has begun in the city of Butembo, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organisation says.

Health workers at Matanda health centre, where the first Ebola patient was treated, were the first to be vaccinated, the WHO said in a tweet on Monday.

The country has confirmed four cases of Ebola since a resurgence of the virus was announced on February 7 in Butembo, the epicentre of a previous outbreak that was declared over last June.

On Friday, 1200 doses of Ebola vaccine and cold chain equipment arrived in the city, according to the WHO.

Separately, the west African country of Guinea declared a new Ebola outbreak on Sunday, with seven confirmed cases and three deaths.

The Ebola virus causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea and is spread through contact with body fluids.

The new vaccines have greatly improved survival rates in recent years.