The country’s health ministry issued a statement saying, “Our country is facing another epidemic of the Ebola virus, which constitutes an international public health emergency.”
“We still dispose of the well trained human resources that were able to rapidly control previous epidemics,” the statement continued.
Seventeen people died in the last couple of months, possibly from Ebola, although those deaths could have been from other causes such as malaria or typhoid. Only five people have been laboratory tested, and of those, two are confirmed Ebola cases.
Four years ago, Ebola swept through West Africa killing more than 11,000 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The virus infected a number of Christian aid workers in Africa and spread to other parts of the world, including the United States.
It’s unclear if the vaccine will be deployed. So far, the World Health Organization (WHO) is dispatching personnel and protective equipment to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).