| Ebola vaccinations begin in DRC‘s northwest town of Bikoro

Officials began vaccinating health workers and others on Monday in Bikoro, where Democratic Republic of Congo‘s current outbreak was first declared at the beginning of May.

DRC‘s Health Minister Oly Ilunga traveled on Monday to oversee the Ebola vaccinations of at least 10 people in Bikoro, where at least five of 12 Ebola deaths have happened.

Bikoro Hospital director Dr Serge Ngalebato said he and other health officials were vaccinated for protection when treating Ebola patients.

Congo‘s vaccination campaign, which began in Mbandaka last week, is targeting more than 1,000 health workers and s of the sick in three health zones.

U.N.-backed Radio Okapi reported Monday that several schools in the Iboko health zone, about 180 kilometers (112 miles) southeast of Mbandaka, have been closed to prevent the spread of Ebola.

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