Ebola spreads to major Congo city amid worries over vaccine supply

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By Associated Press

DAKAR, Senegal — The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight.

Butembo, with more than 1 million residents, is now reporting cases of the deadly hemorrhagic fever. That complicates Ebola containment work already challenged by rebel attacks elsewhere that have made tracking the virus almost impossible in some isolated villages.

“We are very concerned by the epidemiological situation in the Butembo area,” said John Johnson, project coordinator with Médecins Sans Frontières in the city. New cases are increasing quickly in the eastern suburbs and in outlying isolated districts, the medical charity said.