AN EBOLA virus outbreak has killed at least 36 people in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and aid agencies have rush to vaccinated health workers as the African nation attempts to halt the deadly virus spreading further.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) today confirmed the vaccination process of health workers had begun, after the outbreak was first reported on Saturday.
It comes as agencies fear the spread of the disease will move further east.
Congo’s health ministry on Tuesday confirmed 43 people have been infected by the virus in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, 36 of which have been confirmed dead.
The disease is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids and can cause fever, vomiting, diarrohoea and death.
Over 900 people who have are thought to have been in contact with the 43 infected people are being monitored.
But the WHO states security is an issue in areas where militia operate, causing further problems in monitoring potential new cases.
WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said: "Around 40 health workers are expected to be vaccinated today; by end of the week, once all the necessary steps are in place, vaccination of community contacts and their contacts will commence.”
Health workers are using an experimental vaccine, manufactured by Merck.
It was successful during its first wide-scale usage against the previous outbreak in Equateur Province.