Vaccination Program in Congo Faces Hurdles

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Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times:

Aid workers in DRC are utilizing a ring method in their vaccination program against Ebola, vaccinating individuals in contact with the Ebola case, as well as individuals in contact with those contacts. Already, the ring vaccination method is currently being used in Mbandaka, a large urban city of around 1.5 million citizens. However, most Ebola cases are reported in Bikoro and Iboko, two extremely remote towns, where vaccination campaigns are more difficult to facilitate. Aid workers must travel hundreds of miles on dirt roads, through areas that are not completely recorded on world maps, in order to vaccinate just one individual. The isolated towns have also made finding patient zero, the first contracted case of Ebola, extremely difficult.

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