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Congo begins Ebola vaccination campaign

by Jim Henry & Leigh Jones
Posted 5/22/18, 10:32 am

Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo began a new vaccination campaign Monday in a bid to stop the spread of the latest Ebola outbreak. Doctors have 7,500 doses of an experimental serum known as RVSV ZEBOV and plan to vaccinate anyone who has come into contact with patients infected with the deadly virus. At least 27 people have died in Congo’s Equator province and officials believe nearly 50 more have contracted Ebola.

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Ebola outbreak in Congo reaches urban area

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/17/18, 11:17 am

Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday said the latest Ebola outbreak has reached a northwestern city populated with more than 1 million people. Congolese Health Minister Oly Ilunga said health officials confirmed one case of the virus in Wangata, one of three health zones in the city of Mbandaka. The city is about 93 miles from Bikoro, where officials first announced the outbreak last week. Ilunga said the development was especially worrisome since Mbandaka is densely populated and located at the crossroads of the Equateur province.

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A turning point in modern Middle East geopolitics?

International | One analyst thinks the battle for Syria’s Idlib could mark the end of Western influence in the region
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/12/18, 02:39 pm

SYRIA: Suppose the battle for Idlib turned out to be the turning point in modern Middle East geopolitics, with historians looking back on it as the moment Western powers ceased to have influence in the region and Russia and Iran took over? It’s not far-fetched, according to this analysis.

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